Shura Chairman: SCW set the example in achieving gender balance

Manama, October 3 (BNA) The Speaker of the Shura Council, Ali bin Saleh Al-Saleh, affirmed that the Supreme Council for Women is a role model in enhancing the status of Bahraini women and achieving gender balance in various areas of national development. In line with the aspirations of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to continuously advance the participation of Bahraini women in building their society.

Al-Saleh praised the outstanding achievements of the Supreme Council for Women since its establishment 20 years ago under the leadership of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, consort of His Majesty the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women.

The Speaker of the Shura Council made these statements while receiving here today the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Women Hala Al-Ansari, the Assistant Secretary-General Dina bint Rashid Al Khalifa and the accompanying delegation, in the presence of the first and second deputy of the Shura Council. Board Chairman Jamal Muhammad Fakhro and Jamila Ali Salman, respectively, members of the Coordination Committee between the Legislative Branch and the Supreme Council for Women, members of the Women and Children Committee of the Shura Council and head of the Equal Opportunities Unit at the General Secretariat.

The two sides discussed the latest developments regarding the activation of the national model for gender balance, in addition to the indicators of the national plan for the advancement of Bahraini women and the legislative authority’s visions on laws and services that support social protection and the family. Stability, based on recent decisions in this regard.

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Al-Saleh praised the work style of the “Supreme Council for Women” based on its ambitious national vision to integrate women’s needs in the development process and to enhance its leadership in various fields based on pioneering national strategies and plans.

He reiterated the Shura Council’s keenness to support the efforts, initiatives and programs of the Supreme Council for Women that serve Bahraini women, by providing the necessary legislative support to achieve the objectives of the national plan for the advancement of Bahraini women.

Al-Ansari stressed that based on the directives of Her Highness Princess Sabeeka, the Supreme Council for Women has strengthened its cooperation with the legislative authority to increase the gains of Bahraini women and consolidate the Kingdom’s leadership in the field of women’s issues regionally and internationally.

She expressed the Supreme Council for Women’s keenness to continue reviewing, evaluating and measuring the desired impact of this cooperation in order to reach common goals.

She commended the role played by the Shura Council in following up the implementation of the national plan for the advancement of Bahraini women (2013-2020) through the government’s action plan, ensuring the continuation of the legislative system for women, and highlighting the efforts of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the field of advancing Bahraini women. The field of advancement of women in international forums.

Al-Ansari stressed the importance of the Shura Council’s role in developing binding tools and texts to follow up on the implementation of the government’s action plan, integrating women’s needs into the state’s general budget, following up on the implementation of laws, and issuing priority executive decisions. Monitoring any legislative loopholes directly related to Bahraini women, activating the legislative and oversight role using parliamentary tools to support national efforts in the field of the advancement of Bahraini women, and activating priority items for joint action during the next stage.

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