Bahrain: Legislation Promoting Women’s Rights

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Bahrain: Legislation Promoting Women’s Rights

The Daily Tribune, 30 May 2024: The Bahrain Head of the services committee of the consultative council has announced that it has significantly advanced women’s rights through a strong legislative framework.

National legislation supporting gender balance and women’s empowerment reflects the leadership’s interest, with support from the President of the Supreme Council for Women.

The Bahraini Constitution and the National Charter affirm equality among all citizens, prohibiting discrimination in rights and duties.

Additionally, amendments to Bahrain Law No. 36/2012 in the private sector have reinforced women’s rights in the workplace, granting them the same entitlements as their male counterparts.

The legislation also addresses the needs of working mothers, providing 60 days of paid maternity leave, two hours of childcare per day until the child reaches six months, and two half-hour care periods until the child’s first birthday.

Additionally, the law prohibits the dismissal or termination of a female worker due to marriage or maternity leave.

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Tanya Jain