Friday, November 04, 2011

Bahrain: Cherie Blair and Bahrain's 'Priority on Women's Rights'

SOURCE Kingdom of Bahrain

Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (CBFW), met with HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa to discuss the empowerment of women yesterday in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Blair, who founded the CBFW in 2008 with the goal of supporting women and helping them overcome challenges, applauded the Princess for her support of programs in Bahrain aimed at helping women overcome economic and legal hurdles.

The subject of empowering women and increasing women's rights continue to receive attention in Bahrain.

In addition to the work of HRH the Princess, the government of Bahrain has placed a high priority on improving the rights of women, and many of the reforms of the Kingdom's National Dialogue deal specifically with women's rights.

The National Dialogue agreed to many specific reforms with respect to women's rights, including working to ensure the principal of equality between men and women at work, analyzing the wages of men and women's in the private sector, and working to empower women politically, among others.

The Prime Minister of Bahrain, HRH Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, has made the implementation of the National Dialogue reforms a priority among government ministries.

To fulfill implementation of the National Dialogue women's rights reforms, the government has already formed a joint committee of the Supreme Council of women and the Ministry of Human Rights and Social Development to monitor legislation and regulations related to women, developed programs aimed at the political empowerment of women have been included in the government's Program of Government Action, and enacted a law to guarantee social security to unmarried women has been introduced, among other steps taken.

Bahrain's National Dialogue took place in July and brought together approximately 300 participants from across all segments of Bahraini society. The recommendations of the dialogue were reached through consensus and cover four major policy areas; political, economic, social and rights.

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