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HRH Princess Sabeeka to patronise international conference
06 : 40 PM - 05/11/2015
Manama, Nov. 5 (BNA): Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women, Supreme Council for Women (SCW) will organise an international conference entitled "Women in public life.. from policies to influence," in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), on December 8-10.

The conference aims to highlight the efforts of countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the areas of women's participation in public life and review achieved progress at implementing the recommendations of "The Report on Women in Public Life: Gender, Law and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa," which has been prepared by OECD and the Centre for Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR).

The report undertakes a cross-country legal and policy analysis of women’s rights in public and private life in the MENA region. It aims to identify the main drivers for legal and institutional reforms and active policy measures that enable greater equality between women and men. It also provides actionable recommendations to achieve and sustain gender equality in the region, supported by examples of good practices from MENA and OECD countries.

The conference will address a number of topics like enhancing women's participation in public life for a comprehensive economic policies, equal opportunities in the private sector, parliamentary practices for women's participation, role of civil society institutions and building responsibilities : from strategy to influence.

The conference will bring together minister, heads of regional and international organisations in the field of women affairs, pioneers of policy-makers and practitioners from MENA, OECD member states and a large number of specialists from inside and outside the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The OECD was established in 1948 as a major international economic organisation of 34 member states. It aims to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The OECD works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. It measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment, analyse and compare data to predict future trends and set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

It is One of the largest and most reliable sources of countries' comparable statistics and economic and social data.

The Kingdom of Bahrain ranked first with regards to the presence of women in middle management in the public sector, at the level of Arab countries which took part in the report, published by OECD for 2013.

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BNA 1600 GMT 2015/11/05
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