Women’s roles in future of Oman and region is focus of Kennesaw State international conference


“Year of Arabian Peninsula” forum welcomes country’s leading women in government…

Georgia (Oct 29, 2014)“Year of Arabian Peninsula” forum welcomes country’s leading women in government, education and health

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 29, 2014) — An international conference at Kennesaw State University Nov. 7 will examine the participation of women in the public life of Oman, a nation of some 3 million on the southeast Arabian Peninsula coast, where about one-third of civil servants are women and more women attend college than men.


The all-day conference, “Women of Oman: Changing Roles and Transnational Influence,”will feature the perspectives of some of the country’s ranking government officials -- Oman’s ambassador to the U.S. and minister of higher education among them. Kennesaw State is partnering with the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center of Washington, D.C., to present the conference as part of its “Year of the Arabian Peninsula,” a yearlong study of the region. The conference and evening cultural performances are free and open to the public, but registration is required.


Among the featured speakers:

·       Hunaina Al Mughairy, ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the United States and the first woman to represent an Arab

        country as an ambassador to the U.S.;

·       Rawya Saud Al Busaidi, minister of higher education and the first woman appointed to ministerial rank;

·       Mona bint Fahad Al Said, assistant vice chancellor of Sultan Qaboos University in Oman;

·       Dr. Khoula Al Said, senior consultant of pediatric gastroenterology, Royal Hospital, Ministry of Health;

·       Unni Wikan, professor of social anthropology, University of Oslo, and author of “Behind the Veil in Arabia: Women in Oman”

Featured performers:

·       The Oud (lute) Hobbyists Association

·       Al Najoom Dance Troupe

When & Where:

Conference – 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Prillaman Hall, Room 1000

Performance – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., The Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center

To view the agenda and register for the conference click here.

Reserve concert tickets at Kennesaw State University College of the Arts; click on KSU Special Events.



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