Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, the wife of HM the King and President of the Supreme Council of Women (SCW), has stressed that Her Highness’s Global Award for Women's Empowerment carries the Kingdom's message to the international community noting that women's affairs are a distinguished development issue. Her Royal Highness also reaffirmed her full commitments in supporting global policies to accelerate the pace of women's progress in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs2030. This came during Her Royal Highness’s meeting with members of the award arbitration panel at the headquarter of the Supreme Council of Women (SCW), who represent elite of international names in the field of diplomatic and UN work led by the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Phumzelli Mlambo Nkuka. HRH Princess Sabeeka expressed her thanks and appreciation to UN Women for the fruitful cooperation in declaring this award as well as activating its intended objectives. Her Royal Highness also praised efforts endorsed by the jury and teamwork of UN Women in receiving and evaluating applications according to the criteria of the award. Her Royal Highness appreciated levels of accuracy and neutrality committed by the in-charge team. Her Royal Highness also lauded the programmes and plans achieved to introduce the Award at the international level that raises the number of participants to nearly 1880 participants. From their sides, the jury of Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Global Award for Women's Empowerment expressed their ambitions to measure the good results they are working to achieve through acknowledging the Award's goals and encouraging the establishment and individuals taking part in the Award. They asserted that the Award will be the best tool to promote the successful practices for enhancing gender equality, in order to raise women's participation in the labour market as well as empowering her to be self-reliant and upgrade her family to the advancement of her society.

The meeting included head of the international jury of Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Global Award for Women's Empowerment the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Phumzelli Mlambo Nkuka, members of the Jury Dr. Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Shaikha Haya bint Rashid Al Khalifa Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bahrain Chamber of Dispute Resolution, Antonio Patriota Ambassador of Brazil to Italy and former Brazilian foreign minister, Prof. Mustafa El Feqi, director of the Alexandrina library, Professor Marek Paulson, director of the Institute of International Arbitration of the Faculty of Law, University of Miami, Mohamed Al Nasiri, regional director of UN-Women for the Arab States and a number of officials at UN Women.