Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of HM the King, President of the Supreme Council for Women, expressed happiness that HRH Princess Sabeeka Global Award for women's Empowerment has reached the stage of announcing the winners after three years of careful and painstaking action overseen by the UN Women and supported by an independent jury committee, which included a group of prominent world figures.
In a recorded speech aired at the winners ' announcement ceremony of the HRH Princess Sabeeka Global Award for women's Empowerment at the UN headquarters in New York, HRH Princess Sabeeka said that the award reflects Bahrain’s national expertise in the field of women’s empowerment. She praised the UN support for national efforts and initiatives that uplift women’s status and their empowerment to contribute to the development of their communities in implementation of the sustainable development goals 2030.
HRH the Princess expressed appreciation of the jury committee’s interest in following up the progress of the ambitious project. She invited the winners of the global award to visit the Kingdom of Bahrain to closely learn about their remarkable experiences and initiatives, extending congratulations to them and appreciation of their efforts that have qualified them to be winners.
In a statement to Her Highness Shaikha Najla bint Hamad Al Khalifa, who was delegated by HRH the Princess to attend the winners ' announcement ceremony, HH Shaikha Najla said the interest of the international community in the global award stresses the success the Bahraini experience in the field of women’s support, which has reached advanced level and has become a model to follow by entities interested in promoting women’s presence in various fields and their contributions to the sustainable development.
HH Shaikh Najla commended the huge welcome of UN members and leading political, diplomatic and media personalities to the award, which highlights Bahrain’s commitment to major international issues, among of them is supporting women’s empowerment and rights around the world.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of UN-women and Head of jury committee of HRH Princess Sabeeka Global Award for women's Empowerment, expressed delight in the first version of the global award that attained its desired goals, which has introduced Bahrain’s experience in the field of women’s support to the world.
On the sidelines of the winners ' announcement ceremony an exhibition was held showed statistics on the progress of Bahraini women and promotion of the objectives of the award and highlighted commitment of legislative and executive branches of countries and private organisations to policy on non-discrimination against women, achieving equal opportunities at various levels, highlighting efforts and initiatives aimed at integrating the needs of women for more stable and productive life, in addition to accentuating women’s status at the global level and effort to attain development goals related to achieving gender equality.