06 December 2016, London: In recognition of Bahraini Women’s Day, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the UK honoured six Bahraini women working in London in various fields with an afternoon tea at the Ambassador’s residence. The women were selected for their contribution to Bahrain and acting as role models for their country women. As such, they have helped to drive Bahrain into the forefront of women’s rights in the region, building on the historical achievements of those who have preceded them.
Bahrain has gained international recognition for its progress and leadership on promoting women’s role in business and society. According to the latest ILO report entitled “Women in Business and Management” Bahrain has the fastest growth in women’s economic participation anywhere in the world.
This year Women’s Day focused on the role of women in the judicial and legal field, where Bahraini women represent 9% of judges and make up the majority of lawyers in the Kingdom (55%). The Global Gender Gap Report, released by the World Economic Forum noted that Bahrain increased the number of women legislators, senior officials, and managers from 13% in 2015 to 22% in 2016. Women now represent 53% of government employees and 63% of staff in higher education.
The women were greeted and welcomed to the residence by Shaikha Buthaina bint Mohamed, wife of HE the Ambassador Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohamed Al Khalifa. After introductory remarks, Shaikha Buthaina presented each woman with a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.
With achievements in a number of fields, the women honoured were as follows: Dana Abdulkarim, Trainee Solicitor in Dispute Resolution at Linklaters LLP (for achievement in the Legal field); Baria Alamuddin (for achievement in the field of Journalism); Shaikha Aysha bint Rashid Al Khalifa, Officer Cadet at Sandhurst Military Academy (for achievement in the field of Defense and Security); Shaikha Suha bint Abdul Rahman AlKhalifa, Producer/Director of Let’s Go Home (for achievement in Filmmaking); Dr. Serra Kirdar, Board Member of the Oxford Centre for M.E. Studies (for achievement in Academia); and Nancy Jamal, Diplomat currently working with the FCO (for achievement in Diplomacy).
Diplomats and staff from the Embassy were also in attendance.