Manama, June 23 (BNA): Minister of Sustainable Development, Noor bint Ali Al-Khalif, said that the Kingdom of Bahrain is committed to empowering women and bridging the gender gap.
She said that this commitment reflects the visions of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the unwavering support of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister.
She also attributed these steps to the national efforts led by Her Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women.
She said that bridging the gender gap is essential to building a balanced society, and highlighted the constitutional and legislative steps in Bahrain and the executive measures that stem from the firm belief in the developmental role of women.
Al-Khulaif made the comments with reference to the Global Gender Gap 2023, released by the World Economic Forum, an assessment of 146 countries on steps taken to reduce gaps between men and women across four dimensions: economic opportunity, education, health and political leadership.
Bahrain scored 66.6% in closing the gender gap compared to the global average of (68%). The Kingdom’s ranking improved at the level of the Middle East and North Africa region, as it rose by six ranks compared to last year’s report, making it the third in the region.
Bahrain also managed to rise 38 degrees from last year, in recognition of its outstanding results in the pillar of political empowerment.
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