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The Kingdom of Bahrain Achievements under the Reform Project in the social field

13 October 2016

The Kingdom of Bahrain witnessed, since the launch of the reform project by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in 2001, a qualitative leap in all fields and at all levels; whereas the Kingdom fulfilled, since then to date, various outstanding achievements in political, economic, social fields and in human rights. The social aspect received a high share of the Bahraini leadership attention, who believes that caring for citizens will contribute to developing society, and thus entrench the fertile environment for sustainable development.

The Kingdom took a holistic approach in channeling all endeavors and resources to provide education, health, housing, and social services to all citizens with emphasis on the limited income segment, and promote the services rendered to persons with special needs. As a result, the Kingdom successfully met goals of the millennium set forth by the United Nations; whereas the Kingdom of Bahrain was listed amongst the highest ranking countries in the field of human development according to the UN report on Human Development 2015. By doing so, the Kingdom of Bahrain was ahead of many world countries.

  • The number of civil society institutions increased in line with the political and democratic openness during the reign of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, from 202 in 1999 to over 540 political, private, cultural, women, social and religious institutes in 2014.
  • Implementing the future schools project of His Majesty the Kingdom pertinent to e-education and e-schools, which commenced in 2004.
  • Launching the UNESCO–King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for The Use of ICT in Education” as of 2005.
  • Establishing the “Regional Center for ICT” in the Kingdom of Bahrain under auspices of the UNESCO.
  • The academic year 2008/2009 observed launching of the national project initiatives to develop education and training.
  • Issuing the Workers Trade Union Law in 2002, and establishing the General Federation of Workers Trade Unions in Bahrain in January 2004.
  • Establishing the Bahrain Royal Charity Foundation in July 14, 2001 to sponsor orphans and self-dependent widows.
  • Provide adequate housing to all citizens, which was manifested in providing more than 37,000 housing units to citizens at a total cost of BHD 6.1 billion over the past 10 years.
  • Launching the national plan for the development of needy families in August 2005, and developing the social safety net in cooperation with the World Bank.
  • Establishing the Supreme Council for Women.
  • Launching the “National Strategy to Empower Bahraini Women” in 2005; and the National Plan to Empower Bahraini Women 2013-2022.
  • Approving the First Sunni Family Law in 2009, and His Majesty the King call for concord with regard to the “Family Law”.
  • Launching the Alimony Fund to support divorced women as per Law No. (34) for 2005.
  • Issuing the Royal Order to award Bahraini citizenship to 372 children of Bahraini women married to foreigners.
  • Sheikha Haya bint Rashed Al Khalifa headed the 61st session of the UN General Assembly in 2006, as the first Arab and Bahraini diplomat to assume this international position.
  • Accrediting the 1st of September every year, as the national day for Bahraini women since 2008.
  • Bahrain joined a number of international agreements pertinent to the protection of child rights, mainly: CEDAW in 2002, the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, the ILO Agreement to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Rights of the Child Law was issued in April 2007, while a Standing Committee on Women and Child Rights was formed by the Shura Council as of 2007.
  • Launching the National Child Strategy 2012-2016.
  • Launching the National Model to Integrate Bahraini Women’s Needs in Development in 2010
  • Inaugurating the Bahrain Formula 1 International Circuit in 2002
  • Construct the Bahrain National Theater in 2007 to serve the theater and cultural movements in Bahrain.
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