Goal Five: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

Overview of some indicators

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments
Proportion of Bahraini women in executive positions in public sectors
Proportion of women who make their own informed decisions regarding sexual & reproductive health & reproductive rights

The National Strategy for the Advancement of Bahraini Women 

His Majesty the King adopted the National Strategy for the Advancement of Bahraini Women in a historical precedent; becoming the first qualitative strategy concerned with women’s affairs to be adopted by a head of state in the Arab world. The Supreme Council for Women (SCW) launched the National Plan for the Advancement of Bahraini Women (2013-2022) to implement the strategy, which was prepared in active partnership with all components of society and institutions. The Plan includes five pillars that seek to ensure family stability within the framework of family interdependence, and to enable women to meet the requirements of competitive participation in national development, based on the principle of equal opportunities.

The National Gender Balance Model and Report 

The National Gender Balance Model was developed to support the implementation of the National Plan for the Advancement of Bahraini Women. The National Model acts as a national action guide targeting policymakers, parliamentarians, and project implementers to ensure the empowerment and advancement of women at the national level and across five themes: Policies, Budgets, Knowledge, Management, Auditing, Monitoring, and Measuring Impact. The National Gender Balance Report has also been adopted by the Government as a means to evaluate the performance of the public sector in terms of following up on the implementation of equal opportunities and achieving gender balance and equality in development fields.

International Cooperation 

Bahrain acceded to numerous treaties supporting women rights and equality, notably the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), an international blueprint for gender equality, and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. At the 146th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, hosted in Bahrain, the Kingdom launched a Parliamentary Handbook for Mainstreaming Women’s Needs in Development, issued by the SCW. The Handbook is aligned with international commitments like CEDAW, Beijing Declaration, and SDG 5 (Gender Equality), serving as a guide and reference to all parliaments in equality in legislation, policies, and national action plans, enhancing gender balance and equality throughout parliamentarian work.

Goal One: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal Two: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal Three: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all age
Goal Four: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal Five: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal Six: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal Seven: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal Eight: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal Nine: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal Ten: Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal Eleven:  Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal Twelve:Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal Thirteen: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts[b]
Goal Fourteen: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal Fifteen: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal Sixteen: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal Seventeen: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
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