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The international high – level conference of ''Women in Public Life: From Policies to Impact"

Introduction

Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness, Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women, the Council, in cooperation with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is organizing the international high – level conference of ''Women in Public Life: From Policies to Impact."

The Conference is focusing on reinforcing women's participation in public and private life to achieve comprehensive development that would push forwards discussions and strategies aiming to make an impact. The Conference also aims to evaluated made progress in implementing regional recommendations to consolidate equality between the two sexes in public life which was listed in the report of Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and Bahrain Society For Training & Development "Women in Public Life: Gender, Law and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa."

Goals

  • Shed the light on the efforts of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa in the fields of women's participation in public life.
  • Review progress that has been made in applying the recommendations of the report of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and Bahrain Society For Training & Development "Women in Public Life: Gender, Law and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa" which outlines the general approach regarding policies of merging women's needs and legal reforms in the region.
  • Come up with recommendations regarding policies based on international standards and good practices of members of Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and Middle East and North Africa countries.

Participants

High level participants are taking part in the conference which include policy makers, senior governmental officials, parliamentarians, international organizations and representatives from non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector to review legal reforms and institutional capabilities to integrate women's needs in the policies and programs of members of Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and Middle East and North Africa countries.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was established on 1948 as a major international economic organization that includes 34 member states. It commits to supporting sustainable development projects and finding job opportunities in addition to preserving financial stability of its member states. Its headquarters is located in Paris and works on helping other countries in economic development and contributing to international trade development. The OECD is considered one of the major and trusted resources for statistics and economic and social data.

Bahrain in 2013 OECD Report

Bahrain is on the first position in regards to women's participation in higher and middle administrative positions in the public sector in the OECD report for 2013 as the percentage of women working in higher administrative positions in the public sector to 45% which overpassed the average of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries which is 29.1% while the percentage of Bahraini women's participation in middle administrative positions reached 59%.