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Bahraini women’s role in fighting pandemic highlighted


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Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), Hala Al-Ansari, said that the SCW is preparing a strategic plan to adapt to and co-exist with the current situation, as well as enhance readiness for future developments, noting that Bahraini women will continue playing their multiple roles in serving their country and maintaining their gains under various circumstances.

Al-Ansari was speaking during a webinar titled “Bahraini Women in Crises… A Story of Reflection and Evaluation”, organised by the Bahrain Institute for Political Development (BIPD), in cooperation with the SCW.

Representatives of the UN, Arab, regional and international organisations, in addition to Bahraini officials, members of the Legislative Branch and about 714 persons from Bahrain and abroad took part in the event.

Addressing the webinar, moderated by media personality, Ibrahim Al-Tamimi, Al-Ansari highlighted the development of the Bahraini women’s character from a historical perspective, noting that they have always been able to overcome challenges, alongside men.

She said that the kingdom has succeeded in developing and implementing an integrated strategy to fight the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a record time thanks to the effective governmental and institutional work, the speedy digital transformation, the solidity of the health system and the transparency of the information published to the public.

She affirmed that in line with the directives of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of HM the King and SCW President, the SCW has harnessed all its potentials and expertise to support the work of the “Team Bahrain” in the service of Bahraini women and their families to ensure the highest levels of family and professional stability for them.

Meanwhile, Capital Governor, Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, said that during the COVID-19 crisis, the SCW has showcased a distinguished ability in providing support for Bahraini women and families, through consultations and qualitative aid.

He added that Bahraini women have shown great courage in combating the pandemic, citing their heavy presence in the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19, as well as participation in the voluntary campaigns launched by the Capital Governorate.

Acting Regional Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) for the Arab States, Moez Doraid, expressed admiration for the exemplary role played by the SCW to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 thanks to the constant follow-up of HRH Princess Sabeeka.

Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Undersecretary, Shaikha Rana bint Isa bin Daij Al Khalifa, highlighted the efforts exerted by the Foreign Ministry’s women staff in ensuring the return of about 6,000 Bahraini nationals home.

She also shed light on the services delivered by Bahraini female diplomats to serve Bahrainis in host countries during the COVID-19 crisis.

Shura Council and BIPD member, Dr. Ebtissam Al-Dalal, also addressed the webinar, and highlighted the great presence of Bahraini women in Bahrain’s health sector, as they account for 70% of its employees, and 73% of its leaders.

Chief of the Gender Equality section at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), Nada Darwazeh, stressed the importance of the webinar, noting that the SCW has performed well during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to its accumulated experience.

She expressed admiration for Bahrain’s way of dealing with the coronavirus, and efforts to mitigate its economic and family impacts.

Director of International Peace Institute (IPI) Middle East and North Africa Office, Nejib Friji, praised the SCW’s competence in confronting COVID-19, noting that unlike the situation in other countries, the Bahraini society has maintained its stability and the students continued enjoying learning remotely during the pandemic.

He indicated that the SCW, under HRH Princess Sabeeka’s leadership, has risen to the expectations through its humanitarian, social and development initiatives.

President of the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC), Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, said that Bahraini women have showcased distinguished ability in continuing work and production during the pandemic thanks to the SCW’s efforts and programmes over the past years.