49% Women Representation at Work: Bahrain beats the world with new record

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Bahrain’s women workforce has achieved an incredible milestone after Mrs. Hala Al-Ansari, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) revealed that Bahraini women have 49 percent representation within the country’s workforce. 

The global average for women representation in any country’s workforce is 47 percent.

Mrs. Al-Ansari was speaking at the virtual ministerial roundtable themed “Getting to parity: good practices towards achieving women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life”, conducted during the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations (CSW 65).

The SCW Secretary-General took the opportunity to point out that the percentage of Bahraini women assuming executive positions in the government and private sector is 46 and 34 percent respectively. Women’s participation in the boards of directors in private companies also touched 17 percent during the same period.

Mrs. Al-Ansari remarked that there has been a quantum and unprecedented leap in the support which has been provided towards women’s advancement in the kingdom since the national reform process began two decades ago.

The SCW Secretary-General reemphasized that the kingdom has adopted policies that have enabled women to take part in developing their society and nation over the last 20 years since SCW was established as the official reference of women’s affairs and issues in the country.

Mrs. Al-Ansari also pointed out that the country has made significant achievements in the fields of social protection and family stability, including the revision and creation of 147 laws and legislation related to women.

The SCW Secretary-General concluded by stating that the country is looking forward to broadening joint cooperation and exchanging expertise in order to provide the necessary support for women.

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