His Excellency Dr. Raed Mohammed Bin Shams, Director-General of the Bahrain Institute for Public Administration (BIPA), has emphasized the endeavours of BIPA to develop Bahraini women leaderships to assume higher positions and to contribute to leading the development wheel witnessed by Bahrain within the Reform Plan of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, the King of Bahrain. Bin Shams has pointed out that BIPA operates within the strategy of enabling women in coordination with specialists in the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) and in line with the instructions of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabika bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, the President of the Supreme Council for Women.
This statement was made during a meeting of BIPA’s Equal Opportunity Commission, which was presided over by Dr. Raed Mohammed Bin Shams, Director-General of BIPA, in the presence of a team from the Supreme Council for Women.
Dr. Bin Shams valued all of the efforts exerted by officials of the SCW since its inception in 2001. “The SCW has successfully made a leapfrog in promoting Bahraini women and in enabling them in various areas of sustainable development”, he said. “This has contributed to enabling Bahraini women and to developing their capabilities to share an equal position with men, as they make up one half of society”, he added.
Bin Shams confirmed that BIPA is eager to apply initiative of the Equal Opportunity Commission that conduce to attaining the vision of “Progressive Government Performance for Sustainable Development”. The commission contributes to enhancing equal opportunities of employment people in various areas of appointments, training, promotion and in ensuring meeting needs of working women, the Director-General explained.
Referring to the Action Plan of BIPA’s Equal Opportunity commission, Dr. Bin Shams said that BIPA will include concepts of incorporating women’s needs and equal opportunities into leadership programs. Additionally, an integrated envisage for the specialized national cadres programs will be prepared. “BIPA will further enhance dissemination of the concepts of equal opportunities and will initiate communication mechanisms with female employees to monitor improvement of women’s positions and work environment”, Dr. Bin Shmas said.
BIPA’s Equal Opportunity Commission is concerned with enhancing equal opportunities among employees. It works to integrate women’s needs and equal opportunities within BIPA’s policies, plans and budgets. It aims at building employee capabilities in the area of integration of women’s needs within a framework of equal opportunities, in addition to improvement of women’s positions and working environment. “This is to overcome any barriers or difficulties that may face application of the equal opportunities principle”, Dr. Bin Shams said. “It is our policy to support the Supreme Council for Women, assist the SCW in propagating the SCW’s efforts in equal opportunities, integrate women’s needs and achieve equal opportunities for all users of the BIPA’s services”, he concluded