HER Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty King Hamad and Supreme Council for Women president, voiced pride at landmark achievements by Bahrain’s women.
The council is proud of being the main fruit of the National Action Charter as well as being entrusted with implementing some of its principles, she pointed out.
Princess Sabeeka congratulated His Majesty King Hamad on the 17th anniversary of the charter.
Bahraini Women’s Day 2018 will be devoted to honouring women in the legislative field and municipal work, she said as she chaired the second meeting of the council’s sixth session.
Women’s involvement in municipal work in Bahrain dates back to the 1920s when they took part in the first civic elections held by the country then, she said.
This year’s theme for celebrations was also chosen to mark 20 years since Bahraini women entered the Shura Council, and 15 years after their access to the elected Representatives Council and municipal councils.
The council said that in 2001, Bahraini women started enjoying their full political rights through the charter and the 2002 constitution.
Princess Sabeeka affirmed that this year’s theme reflects the great achievements attained by Bahraini women through their effective presence in the legislative and municipal councils, and well as their ability to enhance their contributions to public affairs and be involved effectively in political work.
In this regard, Princess Sabeeka cited Bahraini women’s qualitative contributions to preparing the charter, as well as to national efforts to follow up on implementing its provisions.
Princess Sabeeka pointed out that honouring Bahraini women in the legislative field and municipal work coincides with the forthcoming municipal and parliamentary elections to be held in the kingdom later this year.
She expressed confidence that the move will highlight Bahraini women’s honourable image and milestone achievements in the legislative and municipal fields.
It is also an opportunity to shed light on the political maturity of the Bahraini society, whose members showed confidence in the Bahraini women’s ability to exercise their role as fully eligible citizens, she said.