Bahrain minister’s UN speech supports women’s rights

Faeqa Al Saleh says Bahraini women participate on the same level with men at all levels of decision-making
Bahrain minister’s UN speech supports women’s rights
By Staff writer
Mon 28 Sep 2015 09:48 AM

Bahrain’s Social Development Minister has said the country is keen to improve the status of women in all aspects, and support their role the comprehensive development under the reform project of King Hamad.

Faeqa Al Saleh, the Social Development Minister, was speaking at the UN headquarters in New York during a discussion session on combating inequalities and the empowerment of women and girls, held as part of the UN summit adopting a developmental plan post-2015.

In speech, Al Saleh said Bahrain was keen to improve the status of women in the kingdom, according to a report in Gulf Daily News.

She said Bahraini women participate on the same level with men at all levels of decision-making in the political, economic and public life, and enjoy a respectable status in society.

Al Salah said the country’s constitution, in its first article, says, “citizens, men and women, have the right to participate in public affairs and enjoy political rights, including the right to vote and to be elected”. The country also has a Supreme Council for Women, which is led by Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa.

She said Bahrain has promoted a culture of integration and increasing awareness on the principles of equal opportunity.

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