The 2018 edition of Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Global Award for Women’s Empowerment was launched yesterday in New York.
A ceremony announcing the opening of registration for the prize was held on the sidelines of the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
The event was attended by Supreme Council for Women (SCW) secretary general Hala Al Ansari, UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and other top officials representing countries and international organisations.
The $400,000 award aims to highlight and appreciate institutional and individual efforts, initiatives and projects that target mainstreaming women’s needs to bring about a positive change in the status of women towards a more stable and productive life.
The three-category award, with $100,000 allocated for each, also aims to ensure commitment of countries, official agencies and organisations – through their legislative, public and private executive authorities as well as the civil society – to adopt non-discriminatory policies against women and achieve justice in equal opportunities between women and men in various fields.
Ms Al Ansari hailed partnership with the UN Women to launch the award, which bears the name of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty King Hamad and SCW president.
Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka urged public and private enterprises, civil society institutions and individual initiatives to submit their applications to qualify for the award, hailing Bahrain’s years-long efforts to support women.