BWA participates in the first annual Family Policy Forum under the theme of  “Rethinking the Work-Family Reconciliation Policies in the GCC”

BWA participates in the first annual Family Policy Forum under the theme of “Rethinking the Work-Family Reconciliation Policies in the GCC”

BWA Vice president Dr. Wajeeha Al-Bahrna participated in the first annual Family Policy Forum, under the theme of “Rethinking the Work-Family Reconciliation Policies in the GCC”, which was organized by The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) in collaboration with the Executive Bureau of the GCC Council of  Ministers for Social Affairs, it was held in Doha from 30th to 31st May 2016.

The FPF is an attempt to enhance the knowledge base of Arab Family matters, make family issues a priority for policy-makers, and encourage knowledge exchange on family matters through interdisciplinary networks which include researchers, policymakers, civil society organizations and service providers.

Dr. Al-Baharna presented a brief paper in the forum on “Work–family reconciliation – civil society vision(Kingdom of  Bahrain case)” in which she demonstrated some labor laws of Bahrain for both public and private sectors pinpointing the gains as well as the challenges hindering achievement of this balance, and reviewing some law articles to be adjusted, especially the ones related to discrimination between women who work in private sector compared to public sector. The paper was concluded by number of recommendations including the ratification of the ILO Conventions related to motherhood protection, establishment of a “Motherhood” Fund to support working “Mother” which is funded by contributions from governments and companies, coordination between labor ministers in GCC to unify women benefits in public and private sectors, and finally awareness dissemination to private sector and to the community on the importance of “Motherhood” and that it must be respected and appreciated, and all possible facilities to be provided.