His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has affirmed that the development process in the kingdom is based on the efforts of all Bahrainis, men and women, adding that Bahrain is proud of its huge asset of modern legislation and laws that consolidate equality between men and women, and open doors for all to reach decision-making posts in accordance with the criteria of efficiency and achievement.
HRH the Prime Minister voiced pride in the Bahrain women competencies who, he said, have proved their outstanding capability and skills in various fields and reached top leadership and executive positions well-deservedly.
Thanks to their competence and ambitions, Bahraini women today hold high posts in the government and the Council of Representatives and the Shura Council, have a prominent presence in the interior, defence and judicial sectors and enjoy leading positions in the trade and economic fields, he said.
HRH Premier made the statements as he received at the Gudaibiya Palace today a delegation comprising senior guests, heads of plenary sessions and speakers of the High-Level Conference "Women in Public Life: From Policies to Impact", led by the Arab Parliament Speaker Ahmed Al Jarwan, Director-General of the UAE General Women's Union (GWU) Noura Khalifa Al-Suwaidi and the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) Hala Al-Ansari.
HRH Premier affirmed that the kingdom's hosting of the high-profile international conference that sheds light on the efforts of the countries of the region to enhance women's participation in public life, affirms the success of the steps taken by the kingdom to empower women politically, economically and socially which enabled them to enjoy a distinguished status in various aspects of life.
Since the beginning of the last century, the kingdom has taken interest in supporting women's participation and activating their role in society out of its belief in their effective and essential role in the nation-building and progress march, HRH Premier said, expressing pride in the Bahraini women's milestone achievements regionally and internationally.
"In Bahrain, women are essential partners and play a major role society, and we will carry on providing them with all kinds of support and means that enables them to reach the highest levels in various fields," he stressed.
HRH the Prime Minister pointed out that the government paid great attention to integrating women's needs in different development programmes, which, he asserted, has contributed to developing the level of the services provided for women in a way that reflects their distinguished social status.
The government has also intensified programmes aimed at empowering women, helping them to get equal opportunities in the work and production sites and increase their role and contributions to the development march, he added.
The Prime Minister expressed delight at the participation of an elite of women in the key international conference hosted by the kingdom.
"This outstanding elite of women convey to the world the true image of the highly-aware and cultured human beings who interact with contemporary issues with openness," HRH Premier told the audience.
Members of the delegation expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to HRH the Prime Minister for his interest in empowering women and increasing their contributions to various areas of life, expressing delight of what they have noticed regarding Bahraini women's progress in enjoying their political, economic and social rights as a result of the care and interest of the leadership.
They lauded HRH Premier's role in supporting and empowering Bahraini women in various fields, affirming that the kingdom has earned a distinguished record regarding the consolidation of women's role and giving them the opportunity to be effective partners in public life.
They also pointed out that the Bahraini women's landmark achievements reflect the kingdom's civilization progress and status as a role model in the field of women empowerment.
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