Manama, A workshop aimed at setting indicators measuring Gulf women's participation in development opened at the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) headquarters in Riffa.
The GCC Statistics Centre is organising the workshop in cooperation with Supreme Council for Women (SCW) the Information and Electronic Government Authority (iGA).
Addressing the opening session SCW Secretary-General Hala Al-Ansari commended the efforts exerted by the GCC Statistics Centre to develop he methodology of self-evaluation, taking into account the nature Gulf societies.
She stressed the importance of the workshop as an ideal platform to exchange best practices which would benefit the development march in the GCC member countries and promote women's standing.
This activity is being held in the context of the special interest that women are witnessing by the governments of the Gulf Cooperation Council states as an active partner in the comprehensive and sustainable development process she said.
She underlined the national strategy for women empowerment which was official endorsed in Bahrain in 2005 stressing the importance of the initiative in promoting equal opportunities and gender balance which would ensure women's sustainable progress and measure women's participation.
The council, chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, Wife of HM the King, coordinates with all state bodies to integrate Bahraini women's needs in development policies, she said.
GCC Statistics Centre Studies and Development Indicators director Dr. Salah Al-Muzahmi stressed the importance of the workshop which aims at attaining joint visions regarding women participation indices .
SCW policies and development director-general Shaikha Dina bint Rashid Al-Khalifa underlined Bahrain's implementation of national strategies and systems in support of gender balance through an organized institutional work in the field of monitoring the progress of women.
She highlighted the national strategies and systems in support of gender balance within the framework of the strategic plan for the advancement of Bahraini women (2019-2022).
Source: Bahrain News Agency