Bahrain celebrates Women’s Day
Manama, December 1, 2013
The achievements of the Bahraini women will be celebrated at a special forum to be held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, the King of Bahrain, and President of the Supreme Council for Women.
The event will be held under the theme "Women and Media" on Wednesday at Bahrain's National Theater to mark the Bahraini Women’s Day, which is annually celebrated on December 1.
Princess Sabeeka said it has become a national day for the country and for Bahraini women in particular.
"This is an important occasion to express appreciation and honor the achievements of women on all levels in order for the progress of women to become one of the main reasons for the development and advancement of their country," she stated.
Princess Sabeeka praised the continued support of His Majesty, demonstrated by his determination in ensuring the continued presence of women in all fields.
This is achieved through directives given to all authorities to implement the concept of “equal opportunities” in accordance with the Kingdom’s constitutional principles. This ensures the presence and participation of women in the public arena, guaranteeing their rights and family status in order to support them to accomplish their national duties with confidence and competence, she said.
Princess Sabeeka expressed appreciation to all official and private institutions in the Kingdom and praised their active participation in this occasion through honoring working women in these institutions or through highlighting Bahraini women’s accomplishments as part of acknowledging the pioneering role played by women in the advancement of Bahrain, presenting it as a role model on the regional level.
This is achieved through highlighting the magnitude and quality of women’s participation with the continuous support of Bahraini society, proving to the world that the presence and participation of women is deep-rooted and its development is inevitable and is nurtured by the cooperation of official and civil entities.
On the occasion of the 6th anniversary of Bahraini Women’s Day, Her Royal Highness reiterated the SCW's commitment to accomplishing more for Bahraini women in the context of mainstreaming women’s needs in National Plans and in ensuring qualitative change towards the consistency of women’s advancement.
This is especially since the capabilities and the qualifications of Bahraini women are considered essential national gains in the context of the comprehensive development path. Her Royal Highness acknowledged and expressed her appreciation for every Bahraini woman insisting, despite all the difficulties, on making the efforts to serve Bahrain and protect the national gains obtained since the beginning of the last century.
The SCW had organized a number of events leading to Bahraini Women's Day, such as the Media Rally Competition launched last May with the aim of focusing on effective media productions with regards to women's issues.
As part of the supporting events for Bahraini Women’s Day, the Youth Committee at the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) organized a Youth Forum entitled “Women & Social Media” in October.
Also, the council had organized a workshop on “Media Practices: Through content, implementation and accountability” in June. The workshop aimed to enhance the legal education and to build the capacities and skills among media personnel and to improve the media discourse, utilizing such skills while presenting women’s issues.
Additionally, the SCW in cooperation with the German Embassy in Bahrain and Deutche Welle Academy, hosted the Media Forum entitled “Women’s Portrayal in Arab Media” in May this year. The forum aimed to establish a media network including women media figures from GCC countries.-TradeArabia News Service