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Opportunities Equity in Private Sector

Bahraini women got involved in private sector during the 1950s as an employee and an owner of commercial registrations. Also, they became part of entrepreneurship in the 1960s. 

According to the statistical results, women's status in Bahrain in private sector is clear as their participation among Bahraini staff in the sector had increased from 29.7% in 2008 to 32.8% in the second quarter of 2016 (30.034 Bahraini women).

Bahraini women's average wage in private sector had increased from 465 BD in 2011 to 521 BD in the second quarter of 2016. Moreover, 39% of Bahraini women own individual commercial registrations till August 2016.

Also, Bahraini women held leading positions in private sector institutions as CEO, head and member of board of directors, as well as being able to win the elections of board of directors of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry as four women did in 2014 (22%).

Furthermore, women got involved in new work fields that they had not been part of earlier such as: being taxi driver, driving training instructor and jewelry designer. 

 

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(33% of Bahraini women participate in the private sector)

(39% of Bahraini women own individual commercial registrations)

(521 BD is the average wage of Bahraini women in the private sector)

Undertaken efforts to activate the national model

 

The role of private sector is highly important in the process of activating the National Model for the Integration of Women's Needs due to the number of Bahraini women working in this vital sector. Some economic institutions had taken the initiative of considering the concept of integrating women's needs. 

The initiative can be seen through the participation rate in the Award of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa for Women Empowerment which is intended to private sector institutions as well. Also, it can be seen through the institutions' efforts in integrating the opportunities equity principle in the policies, information of the staff or the services provided to support the working women's career. 

The Supreme Council for Women's efforts in the private sector are clear through the interest shown in achieving the integration women's needs by some private sector institutions' initiatives to provide the supporting atmosphere of women's work and how it is positively reflected on their performance. Moreover, the Council is keen to decrease the unemployment rate that faces the Bahraini women by integrating their needs in the field of self-employment and by simultaneously launching initiatives that aim at sustaining their presence in the private sector.

 

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The mechanisms of integrating women's needs in private sector aims to enhance awareness and create beliefs in the minds of decision-makers and sector's employees. Also, it aims to promote the opportunities equity principle and encourage to adopt positive acts which lead to sustaining the inclusion of opportunities equity methodologies in order to have successful experiences. In addition, it aims to know more about women's cases and problems within work atmosphere in the private sector as well as to come up with mechanisms and solutions to develop women's status. In this context, many initiatives were implemented that encourage the private sector institutions to adopt concepts and mechanisms of the national model and opportunities equity.