Empowering Women for Nation Building Sohar International Celebrates Omani Women's Day

10-22-2019 Back to Newsroom

Marking the Omani Women’s Day, Sohar International organized a special dinner reception for its female staff at the bank’s headquarters situated in the Water Front Building in Shatti Al Qurum, reaffirming its commitment to champion female employees with a focus on their career prospects and continued growth as key assets in the organizations development as well as the nation’s.

The reception witnessed an attendance of over 100 female staff and an engaging and entertaining atmosphere for all the attendees with an inspirational speech by the special guest; Dr. Yasmin Al Balushi, Dean of Muscat College, who shared her journey and achievements. Following the speech, the bank female staff enjoyed the fun engagement activities and a buffet dinner that concluded the event.

Commenting on the commemorating this important occasion, Ms Mahira Saleh Alraisi, AGM and Head of Human Resources, said, “We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment where all employees can contribute to their own progress and the bank’s growth, thus the ongoing empowerment of our female workforce is paramount alongside that of their male colleagues. Sohar International is proud to embrace the attributes of women and consider them important to our growth in the delivery of banking excellence. Our celebrations of Omani Women’s Day reflect the gratitude we hold for our female employees amidst national celebrations of women for their contribution to His Majesty’s vision, with many now at the forefront of key multiple key economic industries. We congratulate and encourage all women to go forth and lead by example as we build a nation worthy of international acclaim.”

Sohar International affirms its position as an agent for the cause of gender equality, supporting the development of women in the workplace with balanced recruitment policies, on-going skill acquisition and leadership coaching programmes, a robust human resource strategy, and entrepreneurial support for females that gravitate to the business sector. The bank retains a strong and growing percentage of women in all its various ranks, including and not limited to executive management.

Marking this glorious occasion, the bank announced several women oriented incentives within the organisation including 1 hour early release for pregnant females in the last month of pregnancy along with a corporate discount maternity package at private hospitals. Understanding the stress undergone by Omani women of work in their personal lives the bank also offered them a 6 Months Free Group Yoga Sessions at Casa Yoga, and discounted SPA packages . Based on an Omani theme, the celebrations included games, activities and an assortment of local food delicacies for the crowd present there. Commemorating its female employees, the bank also distributed gifts to all Omani women employees across the bank.

Sohar International has become known for supporting female entrepreneurs and business owners as a means of empowering them within the world of local enterprise, contributing to exhibitions for small and medium enterprises, amongst other initiatives. Several non-profit organisations devoted to women’s welfare also remain the focus of the bank’s community focussed CSR initiatives in its aim to empower female across the nation.

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