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SCW, AGU discuss gender balance study outcomes

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A remote working meeting was held between the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) and the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) to review the outcomes of the study on “Gender Balance: Future Skills and Jobs in Bahrain”, conducted by AGU at the request of the SCW.

 

The study came up with initiatives and recommendations to decision-makers on the necessary mechanisms to determine the requirements of promising professions and the role of educational curricula, laboratories, technical creativity and academic research in bridging gender gap by clarifying the status of education outputs and linking them to job opportunities and the development of the national economy.

 

On this occasion, SCW Secretary-General, Hala Al-Ansari, said that this study is part of the implementation of of the "Scientific Research and Knowledge Management" theme of the "National Gender Balance in Future Sciences Initiative”, and supports the SCW’s efforts to develop the implementation of the  National Plan for the Advancement of Bahrain Women in the post 2022 period.

 

Al-Ansari expressed the SCW’s satisfaction with its fruitful partnership with AGU, as a high-level academic institution that is capable of supporting the SCW’s plans to advance Bahraini women and remove challenges facing them.

 

She noted that the study’s research team, supervised by the AGU President, Dr. Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al-Ohali, and led by SCW member, and Associate Professor at AGU’s College of Postgraduate Studies, Dr. Sabah Aljenaid, proved high scientific competence, going beyond the objectives set for this study, and were able to highlight other important aspects in the field of gender balance.

 

She highlighted the keenness of the Supreme Council for Women, based on the directives of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of HM the King and SCW President of the Council, to discover and seize emerging opportunities in various fields related to the advancement of Bahraini women, while emphasising that prestigious academic institutions are key partners to the SCW in this field.

 

The two sides discussed the plan to implement the recommendations of the study according to a flexible method, using qualitative measurement indicators for knowledge management, addressing challenges, and setting appropriate alerts to redirect national resources and efforts in line with the fields and topics of the study.

 

The SCW also intends to raise the topic of the study and its proposed solutions during an international conference to be held on the sidelines of the Bahraini Women’s Day and the SCW’s 20th Anniversary.

 

AGU President praised the landmark achievements attained by the SCW, under the leadership of HRH Princess Sabeeka, which contributed to the advancement and leadership of Bahraini women regionally and internationally, affirming AGU’s constant readiness to enhance its partnership and cooperation with the SCW to attain more accomplishments.

 

He indicated that the study constitutes a solid ground for developing cooperation between the two sides, noting that it will be the best means to highlight Bahrain’s rich experience in the field of women at the regional and international levels.

 

The “Gender Balance: Future Skills and Jobs in Bahrain” study tackled the development process in the Kingdom, the advancement of women, the primary outcomes of pre-university education, the outputs of technical and vocational education, and the reasons for the female students' reluctance to enroll in technical specialties, even though they proved their worth in this field.

 

The study focused the reality of Bahraini women in university education in terms of numbers, specialisations, academic degrees, required skills, the role and participation of Bahraini women in research, studies and scientific publication, and the reality of Bahraini women’s participation in the health care sector, regarding their number and areas of prominence and superiority in this sector.


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