Bahrain Shura’s family draft law to improve legal status of women and families

The upper chamber of Bahrain’s bicameral parliament on Wednesday endorsed a unified family law draft that aims to improve the legal status of women, one week after the lower chamber approved it.

The bill covers the rights of people from both the Sunni and Shiite sects. Currently, Sunnis and Shiites have their separate Sharia courts that deal with personal law issues and family matters.

The draft law won approval following a series of arguments in which lawmakers highlighted the scope of its provisions in protecting family bonds and strengthening the larger social fabric.

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