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Bahraini women hold key to future!

By Captain Mahmood Al Mahmood

In five days’ time, we shall be approaching Bahraini Women’s Day on December 1st.

It marks the growing transformation of modern Bahraini women into agents of progress and change alongside men and since its start in 2008, each year has marked the celebration of women’s rise in the national ranks through various career tracks. This year, the theme is “Read, Learned, Participated”.

It marks the definitive transition of women as learned repositories of the sacred knowledge in the Holy Qur’an and later, as beneficiaries of Bahrain’s push for formal modern educati on for girls and women.

Finally, it reminds us all of their effective participation in nation-building.

Bahraini Women’s Day each year is not just an occasion for us to rejoice over the triumphs of the past and the success of the present.

It is also a moment in the Kingdom’s history to safe guard the future against the smug certainity which can stall the way forward.

The world over, times are changing at the flicker of an eye.

In the Middle East, we are living through a precarious time which challenges our humanity.

At such a juncture, collective wisdom says that it is critical to build a strong and inclusive leadership model which shall also include women in key positions to decisively shape the future.

Women are by nature willing to listen, set aside ego and build bridges of understanding.

Such attributes are sorely needed in our world today.

Bahraini women, who have a illustrious history of leadership roles, education and the support of our national leaders, are primed to participate in world affairs with their learning and their solid foundation of scriptural understanding. 


Captain Mahmood Al Mahmood is the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Tribune and the President of the Arab-African Unity Organisation for Relief, Human Rights and Counterterrorism