A historical record number of women are running for seats in this month’s parliamentary and municipal elections in Bahrain.
Given the momentum of recent achievements by women in several areas, change is most likely. Traditionally, conservative ideology has hindered greater representation of women in parliament and the municipal councils.
“It is time for Bahraini women to lead the parliament, especially as 47 candidates are running in more than 26 constituencies, most of whom hold academic degrees,” said Hala Al Ansari, the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for women, which is the official body tasked with elevating the status of women politically, socially, and economically.
When the kingdom in 2002 held its first national polls following the promulgation of the constitution that allowed women to vote and run in elections, only eight women signed up. The remaining 169 candidates were men.
However, even though the number of women voters was higher than men, and despite a massive campaign spearheaded by Bahrain’s First Lady Princess Sabeeka Bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa to support women across the country, none of the women was elected.
Source Credit: Gulf News