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10 May 2017

The Equal Opportunities Committee of the University of Bahrain organized a forum for women in cooperation with the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) under the patronage its Secretary General, H.E. Ms. Hala Mohammed Al Ansari.

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery was the keynote speaker at the event on the invitation of University President Dr. Riyad Yousef Hamza.

Dr. Jawahery also took part in a panel discussion where he spoke on GPIC’s experience in empowering women. He reviewed the steps the Company has taken in supporting working women and providing them with equal opportunities as well as advanced training to attain leadership positions within the Company.

He said this enabled GPIC to twice win the HRH Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Award. Dr. Jawahery also discussed ways and means of integrating women’s needs into the work environment and said GPIC offers all facilities to women.

The President thanked H.E. Ms. Al Ansari for her patronage of this forum under the auspices of the Supreme Council for Women, headed by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa.

He also thanked Dr. Hamza for inviting him to take part in the forum and said it was a good opportunity to review the Company's rich experience in the field of women's empowerment. He said GPIC is proud to have won HRH's Award for women's empowerment more than once which would have been impossible without the direct support of Her Royal Highness and her keenness to empower Bahraini women.

He said women at GPIC had always been partners in raising awareness of the Company’s principles and implementing policies in support of the concepts of social responsibility and sustainability. He said the role of women in science, technology and engineering is an important factor in achieving developmental goals and to take a qualitative leap in the national economy. He said it focusses on high-value sectors like science, technology and engineering, clean and renewable energy, transportation, education and health.

He said women are key partners in all societies and are always striving to be creative and playing an active role, so it was important to enable them to take part in the process of innovation that forms the basis for the economic sectors.

He said there are more opportunities for women to participate in the growth of the economy and bring benefits to society. He called for a need to address the gender gap to good jobs not only from a human rights perspective but also part of an intelligent economy.

The forum aimed to bring together women leaders, research centres, academic researchers, women's associations, employers and government representatives to discuss current and future issues related to women, highlight women's achievements, build leadership and role models for future generations, identify the need for relevant studies and discuss strategic actions and gender-based strategic planning to empower women.