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International Cooperation and follow up of International Agreements

The Supreme Council for Women follows up applying the international laws, regulations, conventions and agreements related to women in order to ensure its implementation and achieve non-discrimination against women as well as to follow up the adopted governmental programs.

The Council has taken numerous steps out of the Kingdom of Bahrain's realization of the importance of women's role and in line with the democratic reform project led by HM the King in addition to the Kingdom of Bahrain's commitment to the constitutional and legal principles of equality and equity of opportunities and its commitment to international treaties and conventions related to the advancement of women which included the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and Beijing Platform for Action.

These steps include:


 

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

The Kingdom of Bahrain joined the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on June 18th 2002 and put it into effect on July 18th 2016. The Kingdom committed to perform its responsibilities regarding the provisions of the Convention either on the awareness programs side or on the level of preparing periodic official reports related to following up the implementation of the Convention's provisions or following up the observations and remarks of the CEDAW committee regarding these reports related to lifting discrimination against women in line with the articles and terms of the Convention.

The Kingdom of Bahrain has presented its CEDAW first, second and supplementary reports to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women during the period of 2007-2008. The Kingdom is presented its response to the steps that have been taken to implement recommendations related to the citizenship and family relations.

The Supreme Council for Women has circulated the concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women after discussing the Kingdom's first, second and supplementary reports on all concerned ministries and civil society institutions in addition to the legislative authority to put them into effect.

The Council has communicated with civil society organizations and especially women societies and committees to introduce them to the Convention and the concluding remarks in addition to discussing issues related to the Convention.

The Supreme Council for Women has formed a national team assigned to follow up and implement CEDAW recommendations which includes two representatives of all ministries, official institutions, civil society institutions and the National Institution for Human Rights.

The Supreme Council for Women has prepared its third CEDAW report with the participation of the national team and communication with relevant authorities to attain the needed data and consult with them regarding the difficulties and challenges these bodies are facing in addition to the present and future measures to overcome such challenges. This is in addition to communication with the National Institution for Human Rights, the legislative authority, Bahraini Women Union and other women civil society intuitions to look at their views regarding the report.

The Kingdom of Bahrain has presented the CEDAW National Official Report (Third) to the relevant body at the United Nations on July 2011.

The Kingdom of Bahrain received the queries of the CEDAW committee regarding the third national report and has committed to the assigned deadline to present its response to the relevant committee on November 8th 2013.


 

Discussion of the report was set for February 11th 2014 during the CEDAW Committee's 57th session. The report was discussed by the delegation of the Kingdom of Bahrain chaired by Vice President of the Supreme Council for Women Dr. Shaikha Mariam bint Hassan Al Khalifa. The discussion included the recent developments and updates to the Convention which the Kingdom has witnessed during the period of submitting the third periodic report on July 2011 until the date of the session.

The Committee, in its closing remarks publicized on February 28th 2014, commended the high level of the delegation and the specialties of its members in addition to their discussion professionalism. It also praised the positive development in the Kingdom of Bahrain since presenting the first and second reports on 2008 and also welcomed the state's efforts in relations to implementing the provisions of the Convention.

The General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Women held a press conference on March 12th 2014 regarding the results of discussing the Kingdom of Bahrain's third CEDAW report in presence of the members of the delegation and circulated the closing remarks on official institutions, the legislative authority and civil society institutions.

The Supreme Council for Women is working in accordance to a work plan to follow up the implementation of the closing remarks in partnership with all relevant bodies of official institutions and civil society institutions according to the provisions of the Islamic Sharia, the principles of the National Action Charter and the Kingdom of Bahrain's Constitution while preserving the sovereignty of the state and contributing to reinforcing the Kingdom's commitments on the international level.

The Kingdom of Bahrain is keen to submit related international reports on the situation of women which include the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the Millennium Declaration, the United Nations Human Development Report and the Universal Periodic Human Rights Review (UPR).

The Kingdom of Bahrain confirms its international participation and commitments in submitting CEDAW reports and follows the CEDAW committee remarks which are importance mechanisms to benefit from so as to develop the work of the Supreme Council for Women and activate the Kingdom's efforts to reinforce the programs of supporting and empowering women on all levels.

 

The Kingdom of Bahrain's conservations about the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW

Decree-by-law No. 70 for the year 2014 was issued amending some provisions of decree-by-law No. 5 for 2002 agreeing to join the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) which included rephrasing some of the Kingdom of Bahrain's conservations regarding the Convention. It stipulated that the Kingdom of Bahrain is committed to implement the provisions of articles (2), (15), (4) and (16) of CEDAW without violation to the provisions of Islamic Sharia.

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Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action:

 

The Supreme Council for Women continued its efforts in preparing periodic reports on following the up the achieved progress in implementing the Beijing Platform for Action by following a partnership approach based on the efforts of governmental and non-governmental sectors through circulating the report's draft on all concerned bodies for review and opinion.