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HRH Princess Sabeeka opens National Conference for Bahraini Women


Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), has affirmed the SCW will carry on its steadfast march within the framework of its institutional work that qualifies it to be among the most important national mechanisms that is entrusted with activating the principles featuring in the National Action Charter and the Constitution regarding the advancement of Bahraini women, being one of the key milestones of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's Reform Project.
While patronising the Third National Conference for Bahraini Women, HRH Princess Sabeeka extended congratulations to HM the King, affirming the unwavering royal support to Bahraini women in various fields, citing HM King Hamad's initiative to issue laws and legislation that support women's march and lay the necessary legal infrastructure for Bahraini women to prove their merit and be able to assume their roles within their families, work and society, on the one hand, on the one hand, and contribute to the nation's progress, on the other.

HRH Princess Sabeeka highlighted the importance of expediting the issuance of the second part of the Family Provisions Law to ensure more stability for Bahraini families. She also called for the need to allocate an independent building for family courts that takes into consideration the specificity of family and Sharia cases and fast-track litigation procedures.

The SCW President pointed out that the SCW's doors are kept open to receiving all opinions, noting that there are effective intuitional communication channels at the SCW to receive proposals aimed at enhancing the stability of all family members. This can be done through the Cooperation Committee between the SCW and Women Societies and Committees or other civil society women committees, she said, adding cooperation channels with various state institutions are also open.

HRH Princess Sabeeka congratulated the affiliates of the legal and judicial field in the kingdom for the outstanding status they have reached, calling on them to exert more efforts to consolidate their presence in their work places to enhance their career advancement.

She commended all national efforts exerted in the public and private sectors to highlight the role and status of Bahraini women, and shed light on their landmark achievements at the local, regional and international levels.

HRH Princess Sabeeka asserted the importance of enhancing communication with the external world, whether through participation in regional and international events or through attracting foreign delegations to inform them about the kingdom's efforts and achievements regarding women empowerment in various field, particularly the services provided for women, family and children.

She wished the Third National Conference for Bahraini Women, held on the sidelines of the Bahraini Women’s Day 2016, themed "Bahraini Women in the Legal and Judicial Field", every success, expressing confidence that it will come up with sound recommendations on ways to highlight Bahraini women's success stories in the legal and judicial field, as well as strengthen their presence in it.

HRH Princess Sabeeka extended thanks to all the SCW's partners in ensuring the success of the events held on the sidelines of Bahraini Women's Day 2016, namely the Supreme Judicial Council, the Constitutional Court, the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, the Public Prosecution, and the Legislation and Legal Opinion Commission.

Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, voiced pride in the achievements of Bahraini Bahraini women over the past 15 years, lauding the pioneering accomplishments of the SCW, which is marking its 15th anniversary this year.

In a statement during the opening ceremony of the Third National Conference for Bahraini Women, the minister asserted that the female affiliates of the legal and judicial field have held the highest posts, and proved their outstanding ability in striking a balance between their professional and family duties.

He added women have outperformed men in some cases, noting that the presence of Bahraini women in the legal and judicial field has increased. He explained that the majority of registered lawyers are women and that the Bahrain Bar Society and Board of Trustees of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution are led by women, adding that women staff represent more than 35% at the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, 15 of whom hold leading pots, and 33% at the Legislation and Legal Opinion Commission.

SCW Secretary-General, Hala Al-Ansari, said that the theme of the Third National Conference for Bahraini Women -"Women and Law March and Achievement Challenges and Aspirations"- reflects the importance of law in women's life, being the means through which they get their rights without discrimination.

She added that this year’s conference crowns 15 years of achievements in developing legislation and improving legal services for the aim of enhancing the rights of women and the family across all social, economic and political fields.

Al Ansari said that this year's National Conference is held 15 years after the first edition which called for achieving equality and legal protection for women.

She hailed the remarkable progress of women jurists and their access to leadership positions, explaining that they hold 35% of top posts at the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, 47% at the Legislation and Legal Opinion Commission and 27% at the Constitutional court. She added that 55% of the total number of registered laws in Bahrain and women.

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