Press release: UN Women and the Supreme Council for Women Bahrain celebrate the winners of the HRH Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Global and National Awards for Women’s Empowerment and Advancement

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Global and National Awards winning ceremony. Photo: UN Women/ Nourhan El-Nagdy

Manama, 05 February 2020 – The Bahrain Supreme Council for Women held the awards ceremony for the sixth round of the HRH Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa National Award for Women’s Advancement under the patronage and in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, wife of His Majesty the King of Bahrain, First Lady, and President of the Supreme Council for Women. The event was held at Isa Cultural Center in the presence of senior national authorities including HE Hala Al-Ansari, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Women, and United Nations officials and representatives of Bahrain’s civil society and private sector.

The National Award for Women’s Advancement reflects the commitment of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa to promote the engagement and leadership of women in public life, to support and empower Bahraini women, ensuring their effective participation into Economic Vision 2030, and to facilitate the implementation of Bahrain’s international commitments to prevent all forms of discrimination against women. The National Award was established to promote the achievements and contributions of Bahraini private sector, civil society, public sector and individuals.

During the ceremony, the Supreme Council for Women and the regional office of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) acknowledged also the achievements of the winners of the inaugural Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa Global Award for Women’s Empowerment, announced in 2019. Those winners were: the Abu Dhabi Police Force (UAE) from the public sector, Mahila Sahayatra Microfinance from the private sector, Sustainable Development for All Kenya representing civil society, and Mrs. Kalpana Sankar as the individual champion.

Recalling the achievements of the inaugural winners of the Global Award, the Supreme Council for Women and UN Women were pleased to announce the launch of the second round of applications to the Global Award, with the winners to be announced in early 2021. The Global Award will again highlight the extraordinary achievements and commitment in the field of women’s empowerment of entities and individuals across four categories: individual champion, public sector, private sector and civil society. Each award is valued at USD 100,000.

HE Hala Al-Ansari, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Women highlighted “The national award was able to monitor an increase in the number of specific policies and practices that are geared towards caring for the dimension of family stability and linking it to increasing effectiveness and productivity in the work environment, dealing systematically with the aspect of gender balance within the workforce and integrating the needs of women in the services of those institutions”. Speaking at the event, Dr. Moez Doraid, UN Women Regional Director a.i., congratulated the 2020 and 2019 winners, and said “UN Women affirms its support for the efforts of the Kingdom of Bahrain and for its partnership with the Supreme Council for Women, by supporting its work towards achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”.

For more information, please contact:

Nourhan A. El-Nagdy

Communications Assistant, UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States

E-mail: nourhan.elnagdy@unwomen.org

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