In celebration of International Women’s Day 2015, HSBC Bank Oman S.A.O.G. organized a panel discussion at its Head Office in Al Khuwair to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women in the workplace.
This event is in line with the Bank’s efforts to foster an open dialogue culture and enrich staff engagement.
The panel included Honourable Naashia Al Kharusi, State Council Member as well as HSBC Bank Oman CEO, Andrew Long, and the Bank’s Deputy General Manager and Head of Business Management, Commercial Banking, Nahla Al Kharusi.
The panel had a lively interaction from attending staff who had an opportunity to ask questions and gain valuable lessons from the panellists’ experience.
During the event, the panellists discussed the various opportunities and challenges facing women in the evolving corporate world; topics discussed included gender equality; improving work life balance and working in a male dominated culture. Honourable Naashia Al Kharusi provided an inspiring glimpse into her career life, the challenges she faced, and the means of overcoming them. She said that every woman has to continuously seek further education and knowledge to truly succeed.
HSBC’s Nahla Al Kharusi also provided some insight into her life, sharing her experience as an Omani professional woman holding a senior role within a large multinational bank and how she successfully managed to be a full time mother, wife and daughter while performing as a full time banking professional.
Andrew Long, HSBC Bank Oman’s CEO, said that career progression should be gender-independent with development opportunities to be earned based on competencies and proven achievements rather than on gender. Long went on to outline HSBC Bank Oman’s efforts in providing equal opportunities to male and female staff and had plans put in place by the Bank to ensure female career progression.
International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th each year, has been marked across the world for approximately 100 years. It aims to recognise women’s achievements and encourage greater equality between the genders.