On Saturday, August 28th, 2010, Dr Badriya Al-Awadhi, former Professor of international law at Kuwait University and Executive Director of the Arab Regional Centre For Environmental Law, will give a lecture on “Gulf Women and Political Participation” at the Gulf Conference Centre of the Gulf Hotel.
The Bahrain Institute for Political Development Executive Director Dr. Issa Al Khayat said that “this lecture is among many events that are taking place during the second phase of the 2010 Parliamentary and Municipal elections that the BIPD Board of Trustees have adopted.
The program aims to increase public awareness in of casting their votes in the upcoming elections and explain to voters the electoral process mechanisms and laws that reflect the progress that the Kingdom of Bahrain has reached.
Dr Al Khayat added that the lecture topic reflects BIPD strategy to set up a new culture that encourages women’s participation in the elections and opens new horizons for an active participation of the enthusiastic young people in order to effectively reflect a beautiful picture of how civilised their country is.
Concerning the expected future role of Bahraini women, Dr Al Khayat said “that the Bahraini woman has climbed the ladder of success by taking leadership positions in various fields and thanks to the reform project of his Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, she also managed to be an active and influential member in various areas of development.”
Dr Al Khayat added that “because BIPD strongly believes in women’s capacities, it has conducted different activities to support Bahraini women as in fact women have the potential to be influential in the legislative process.
Thanks to their abilities, the Bahraini women have played various political roles such as being members in the parliament, ministers and effective members in the executive power, as well as having a presence at the judicial and Public Prosecution.
It is worth mentioning that Dr Badriya Al-Awadhi has contributed to many political movements in Kuwait and her efforts have been fruitful as four Kuwaiti women have become members of the Kuwaiti parliament.
Dr Al-Awadhi also conducted a series of studies, researches and seminars the purpose of which is to foster women political empowerment.
To conclude, Dr Khayat invited the public to actively participate in the activities of the Institute which BIPD laboriously works to achieve the instructions of His Majesty the King, reflected in the Royal Decree that founded the BIPD and stipulated that raising awareness and disseminating the culture of political development among all citizens be some of its goals.