Bahrain Gender Balance Report outlined
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
The Supreme Council for Women (SCW) opened the national forum to discuss Bahrain’s second gender balance report.
The event was attended by Finance and National Economy Minister Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa and SCW Secretary-General Hala Al Ansari.
Public sector officials, representatives of the private sectors and civil society were also present, along with representatives of the Saudi Gender Balance Centre, Gulf Statistics Centre, the UN Women, ESCWA Women Committee and World Bank (WB) experts.
The two-day forum aims to discuss the results of the national report on gender balance at the institutional level and in the main areas affecting national development, the results of which witnessed remarkable progress compared to the first report issued two years ago.
The participants in the forum were briefed on main initiatives and best practices monitored by the report, which contributed to the development of gender balance indicators at the national level, in addition to the desired improvement opportunities in various development areas.
The forum sessions also dealt with proposals that would contribute to the improvement of the outputs of the national report.
The focus was mainly on ways of adopting recommendations and implementation procedures and work priorities, or methodologies for developing some indicators to provide more objective readings of the reality of gender balance.
Finance and National Economy Minister Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa addressed the session hailing women’s strides in line with the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, supported by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister.
He paid tribute to Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King and Supreme Council (SCW) for Women President for her pivotal role in promoting women’s status.
SCW Secretary-General Hala Al Ansari commended the efforts of the Government, chaired by HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister for its support to the national gender balance model.