Bahrain’s gender balance index ‘rises to 69%’: report

Increase in participation of women in specialised jobs, the legislative authority, commercial activity

Arab businesswoman giving presentation to colleagues in office

Arab businesswoman giving presentation to colleagues in office

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A report measuring the effectiveness and impact of policies and legislation in achieving the national plan for the advancement of Bahraini women and strengthening the country’s position as a centre of international expertise in women’s affairs has received the Cabinet’s backing.

Yesterday’s weekly session, chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, approved a memorandum by the Finance and National Economy Minister on the National Gender Balance Report (2019-2020) prepared by the Supreme Council for Women.It revealed that the kingdom’s overall gender balance index for the years 2019-2020 increased to 69 per cent, reaching 73pc in key areas reviewed.

Institutional performance index reached 65pc, with an increase in participation of women in specialised jobs, the legislative authority, commercial activity, and representation in boards of directors and committees.Another memorandum by the Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister on Bahrain’s tourism strategy (2022-2026) won the Cabinet’s approval.The strategy aims to highlight Bahrain’s status as a global tourism centre.

This includes increasing the tourism sector’s contribution to GDP and diversifying tourism through several initiatives and projects.

The strategy intends to enhance tourist attractions, accommodation, and investment opportunities in the kingdom.A memorandum by the Youth and Sports Affairs Minister and Education and Training Quality Authority board chairman, regarding the annual report of the Education and Training Quality Authority for 2021 was approved.

It outlines the performance of education and training institutions after applying exceptional frameworks for evaluation during the global Covid-19 pandemic.The Cabinet gave its approval to a memorandum on digital policies that aim to enhance e-government services and facilitate their use for business development.

The Cabinet took note of ministerial reports, including the Ministerial Conference to support stability in Libya, the annual meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, and the outcomes of the 22nd meeting of the GCC Ministerial Committee for following up on the implementation of the GCC joint work decisions.

The outcomes of Bahrain’s hosting of the GCC Ministers of Health Committee meeting and the 84th GCC Health Ministers General Conference, and participation in several meetings and discussions of GCC Trade and Industry Ministers were reviewed.

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