Twenty years of excellence, giving, continuous efforts, work, and diligence in favor of Bahraini women. In the year 2001, The Women's Council was established under the chairmanship of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of the King of the country. Bahraini women have had an institution that specializes in their own affairs and closely follows up on everything that contributes to the advancement of women and to enhance their position in society. Through the well-studied strategic plans of the institution, it was able to provide comprehensive support to every Bahraini woman.
Thanks to the wise approach of His Majesty the King and the support of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, may God protect them, the Supreme Council for Women, headed by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka, and in partnership with the legislative, executive, and judicial authorities, contributed to issuing more than a hundred royal decrees, legislative amendments, ministerial decisions, and administrative circulars to protect the rights of women, the family, and children, in accordance with the constitution and international standards.
It comes at the forefront of these human rights gains; Adoption of Family Law No. (19) of 2017, and the Law on Protection from Domestic Violence of 2015, a follow-up to the national strategy to protect women from domestic violence, and implementation of the Royal Decree allocating a separate building for the Sharia courts “Family Courts”, and the development of the alimony fund services and the reconciliation office The Family Council, the Women’s Support Center of the Supreme Council for Women, and other initiatives, programs, and projects to implement the National Plan for the Advancement of Bahraini Women.
In terms of political participation, Bahraini women exercised their rights to participate in the parliamentary and municipal elections for five terms as candidacies. They have been succeeded in occupying five seats in the legislative authority, and 23% of the municipal councils and the Capital Secretariat in 2018. Also, the position of the second deputy speaker of the Council the Shura is occupied by a well-deserved Bahraini woman. In terms of participating in the Constitutional Courts and Supreme Council, 12% of the judges are formed by Bahraini women.
In the economic and social field, The Supreme Council for Women has taken pioneering development initiatives to integrate women's needs into development and link them to the objectives of the government's work program. For instance, the launch of the Bahraini Women's Capacity Development Center "Riyadat", and several financial portfolios to finance women's commercial and investment activities, which was in turn reflected in the enhancement of women's participation in the labor force. This all leads to putting the Kingdom of Bahrain on the list of the top countries in the world with the fastest rate of growth of women's participation.
In the face of the economic and social repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic; Bahraini women performed their national duties and participated efficiently and faithfully in the front lines of the Bahrain team.
And on the regional and international arenas, the Supreme Council for Women has strengthened the honorable presence of Bahraini women and affirmed their eligibility to assume the highest international positions, which culminated in their presidency of the United Nations General Assembly in 2006, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, membership of the United Nations Women’s Committee, the Executive Council of the United Nations Women and the United Nations Women’s Committee, and its pioneering contributions to support the sustainable development goals, by launching the Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Global Award for Women Empowerment through the United Nations Women.