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Fifth Goal: Gender Equality




While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.
Responsible Entities to Achieve the Goal and Monitor Achievement Levels:
Learn more about ‘Gender Equality’ as one of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Fifth Goal Statistics

  • 0.34% of women aged 20 to 24 years were married before age 15
  • 19% of women in Legislative authority positions
  • 53% of Bahraini women in public sector

Bahrain's Programs and Initiatives Supporting the Fifth Goal

The Kingdom of Bahrain has substantial experience in this area, which has begun almost 100 years ago with the political participation of women in the establishment of the first municipal council, in the early 1920s. The Constitution of Bahrain guarantees gender equality.

Supreme Council for Women was established under the chairmanship of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, the wife of the King of Bahrain, to ensure equality, establish justice and promote equal opportunities.

There are two committees instituted by the Supreme Council for Women to ensure equal opportunities and gender-responsive budgeting. Women hold 55% of the supervisory positions in Bahrain in the public and private sectors.

Women receive great attention from the Government of Bahrain in all areas in general and housing, where women have been granted the right to apply for housing as a household. In addition to taking serious steps and plans to address cases related to violence/ discrimination against women, economic empowerment and legislative and institutional development. The Family Law (Arabic only)  has come into action which codified family provisions for all families without discrimination. In 2018, family courts were opened to resolve family disputes.

The National Plan for the Advancement of Bahraini Women (2013 – 2022) was launched which contains 5 aspects that aim to ensure family stability within familial bond, empower women to competitively contribute to the progress march based on the principle of equal opportunities, as well as merge women needs in the development programs.

Page Last Updated: 30 Jun, 2019