Omani author shares experiences of her life with Buckinghamshire Women's Institute

Omani author Safa Shaqsy spoke to the Buckinghamshire Women’s Institute this week, to share her experiences of life in her country, and highlight the subject of arranged marriage.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 2:23 pm
Updated Friday, 30th April 2021, 2:24 pm
Omani authorSafaShaqsy

Safa has written eleven books, and her latest work, Rebel With Time is available in the UK via Amazon Kindle.

The book is semi-autobiographical for Safa, and tells the story of a young girl who is facing an arranged marriage, but has big dreams and doesn’t want to be tied down.

The author attended a Science and Society Matters talk from the Bucks Federation of Women’s Institutes on Thursday, and answered questions on the issue set by members.

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Safa told how in Oman she feels that, while arranged marriage is still common, attitudes are changing and that she believes within two generations it will no longer be part of society there.

Answering questions from the group, the young author told what life is like in her country, and also told how she was currently fasting for Ramadan.

Safa, who is an accomplished writer for young adults, said: “It was wonderful to speak with the Women’s Institute, it was a real cross-cultural exchange and I was happy to answer questions about my country.

“There were so many interesting questions on the day, and I really felt that the group came to the seminar wanting to understand what life is like in Oman, and learn more.”

Safa was featured as part of the Federation’s Science and Society innovative ‘insight talks’ which shine a light on different issues, welcoming people with lived experience to engage with the group. This national organisation aims to both inspire and educate all women. This was the first of their bi monthly, on line events focusing on current issues which may of interest to members.

For more information about BFWI events please access their webpage: www.bucksfwi.org.uk