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17 June 2019

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery has expressed pride in the important role of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa on the issue of women's progress in Bahrain.

He also applauded the keen desire of Her Royal Highness to encourage programmes and events aimed to help Bahraini women to enter new areas in business.

Dr. Jawahery said Princess Sabeeka’s belief in the potential of Bahraini women and what they are able to offer in all areas, has inspired institutions, ministries and the private sector to pay more attention to their role in the workplace.

He said these work places now provide women more opportunities for training and advancement to contribute more towards Bahrain’s progress, development and prosperity. He said this is because of the guidance of the leadership in support of working Bahraini women. He added this has also resulted in women being appointed to important ministerial and other positions.

Dr. Jawahery said changing the name of the award this year to mark Bahraini Women’s Day as the Bahraini Women's Advancement Award indicates that the country has crossed the stage of their empowerment and they are making a mark in all fields.

“This prestigious award has added a lot of momentum to the celebration of Bahrain Women's Day, which everyone awaits with all anticipation and passion.”

He said everyone at GPIC is very proud of its policies in this field, which resulted in the company winning this award twice - first in its second edition in 2008 and the second in 2014.

“We have always been keen on attracting Bahraini women professionals and providing them with the right qualifications to work in different locations within the industrial complex,” said Dr. Jawahery.

“We now have 25 per cent of job disciplines at the GPIC that entitle women to work in,” he said. “This represents 10 per cent of the company's total staff, including three women in leadership positions in Executive Management, as well as other supervisory centers.”

He added GPIC would continue its efforts to empower and advance women and offer them more opportunities to prove their worth and ability to excel.

Dr. Jawahery reiterated his appreciation of Her Royal Highness who, he said, made sure that the Bahraini woman celebrate the day to recognize contributions they have made in the country’s development and its history. He said he is aware that supporting women and their empowerment is no longer an option.

“Leaders and decision-makers at various levels have to take interest and work on empowering women.”

Dr. Jawahery expressed confidence that popular interest in women's progress and promotion will continue at a rapid pace. “Bahraini Women’s Day will be an opportunity to evaluate and study their progress and their participation in nation building, development and prosperity.”

The Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Women announced during a Press conference on June 16 the launch of the sixth edition of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Award for the Advancement of Bahraini Women, which is awarded every two years to the best ministries, government, private and civil society institutions.

The award is one of the initiatives adopted by the Bahrain in supporting and promoting the status of women.