MENA Women’s Congress Discusses Empowerment of Women Through Coding Capabilities

Muscat, With the objective of presenting an ideal

platform for high profile delegates from the MENA region to discuss

empowerment of women through coding capabilities, the first MENA

Women’s Congress on this topic kicked off at the Kempinski Hotel,

Muscat today.

Organized by the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates

Madayn, represented by the National Business Centre, in cooperation

with the US-based CTEK Foundation, the MENA Women’s Congress in

Oman is a CTEK initiative that aims at supporting women in the region

by shaping programmes that give women opportunities to learn coding

to start their own businesses.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Madiha bint Ahmed Al Shaibani,

Minister of Education, stated that the notion of gender equality and

inclusion ensures the empowerment and the right of education for all

citizens including women, children and people with disabilities and

special needs. She pointed out that the number of students in

2019/2020 has touched 759,307, and about 50% of the students are


The National Strategy for Education emphasizes technology and

innovation in line with Oman 2040. In fact, the Ministry of Education

realizes the importance of responsiveness to the changes taking place

in today’s world and continues to promote empowerment of both male

and female students to help attain the goals the government aspire to

achieve, she added.

The Director General of Marketing and Media at Madayn, Malak Al

Shaibani commented that the MENA Women’s Congress comes along

the lines of the efforts undertaken by the National Business Centre to

present an ideal platform for the development of entrepreneurship in

the Sultanate. The topic of the congress supports women through

shaping coding related programmes that shall allow them to learn

coding skills and thus create their businesses, She said.

The congress comprised sessions that highlighted various topics

including the outcomes of the coding pilot programme; framing the

problem and proposed solutions; identifying barriers; stakeholders, and

the next steps that will follow the congress.

It is worth mentioning that prior to the congress, the first pilot coding

programme for women was launched in Oman from October 8 13.

The programme was delivered to a number of Omani women from

different governorates in the Sultanate. The programme aspired to

teach women not only how to code to get a job, but how to form an

online business to create jobs for more women like themselves, and

empower them with the skills to earn income for their families.

By the end of the programme, the participants were able to produce

a website for themselves and employ their skills by building simple

websites for others. The programme focused on teaching web-building

skills, plus entrepreneurship on how to market their skills, find clients

and charge for services.

Source: Oman News Agency