Guided by UNDP's Gender Equality Strategy 2008-2013, UNDP Bahrain worked with national agencies and civil society towards the empowerment of women and gender equality in Bahrain. In 2002, UNDP partnered with the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) and Bahrain Institute for Political Development (BIPD) to provide training for women candidates for the 2002 elections. UNDP Bahrain also supported the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) to implement the National Strategy for the Advancement of Bahraini Women through a programme, which was signed in 2009. The UNDP-SCW Women Programme had four major objectives: building institutional capacity for Gender Mainstreaming and Women Empowerment, enhancing economic empowerment of women, enhancing Bahraini women`s political empowerment and finally, ensuring gender mainstreaming in national plans.
Under the Women Programme UNDP supported the establishment of Equal Opportunity Units at government ministries and institutions. Currently, there are more than 20 Equal Opportunity Units (EOUs) in government institutions and private sector with staff dedicated to ensuring gender equality in the organizations they belong to. Capacity building activities were conducted for staff working in government Equal Opportunity Units; full training modules were developed and staff received training over a period of 6 months. Staff of the EOUs were introduced to various concepts; from basic definitions of Gender Mainstreaming and its terminology to the concepts and application of gender sensitive and gender responsive budgeting.
The concept of Gender Sensitive and Gender Responsive Budgeting was also introduced to Parliamentarians under the UNDP project u201cStrengthening Capacity of the Parliamentu201d. A Gender-Responsive Budgeting workshop was organized where concepts and approaches were presented to the MPs. Using CEDAW as one of the frameworks for focus, as well as MDG targets, emphasis was put on equitable distribution of resources among all groups in society highlighting the aim of empowering women for progress in achieving the advancement of sound economic governance.
UNDP has expanded women`s access to productive assets and financial services through the establishment of funds and micro-finance schemes and promoting women`s entrepreneurship. The Micro-Start programme, which has been operating in Bahrain since 1999, and the expanded Micro-finance scheme, aimed to reach more women and youth. Fifty percent of recipients of micro-credit at the local communities` level are poor women.
Partners: Supreme Council for Women (SCW), Parliament of Bahrain, and Bahrain Institute for Political Development (BIPD), Ministry of Social Development
Address: UN House 69, Road 1901,
PO Box: 26814,
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Ms. Jehan AlMurbati
Phone number: +973 17319416