Bahraini women feature prominently in the Forbes 2017 list of the 100 Most Powerful Arab businesswomen. We celebrate this achievement with this special feature looking at these women and why they so richly deserve to be recognized:

Mona Almoayyed - Managing Director, YK Almoayyed & Sons

"I am really very passionate about what I do. I love the family business but I also love the causes that I work for;" Mona Almoayyed.

At ninth place on Forbes’ list, Mona Almoayyed hardly fits the profile of an average business leader; particularly given all her dedicated service to the cause workers’ rights with the Migrant Workers Protection Society. This extends to Mona’s prioritization of her own workers’ rights and privileges and her efforts to support unemployed Bahrainis in returning to work. She places a premium on encouraging the employment of local Bahraini staff and is the patron of a number of vocational training programmes.

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Between 2012 and 2016, the capabilities of Bahraini militants to embark on terrorist attacks expanded to a worrying degree, resulting in fatal attacks against security and civilian targets and the killing of numerous policeman. However, there was also a corresponding growth in the readiness of Bahraini authorities to confront this threat, meaning that terrorist groups were broken up and detained almost as rapidly as they were able to organize themselves. In this section we evaluate these efforts to counter militancy:

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Part 1: Beginnings of militancy – 1950-1990

Part 2: Evolution of militancy – 1990-2011

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The approval of the Unified Family Law is the culmination of a decade of efforts to secure comprehensive legislation which protects Bahraini families from both the Sunni and Shia communities. The result is that all Bahrainis now have equal access to justice concerning personal issues like marriage, divorce, child custody and inheritance rights.

After blocs of MPs in previous parliaments blocked progress to this end, it was particularly important to see this measure approved by more than two-thirds of MPs in the elected chamber, representing all segments of Bahrain’s diverse society.

The Bahrain Women’s Union, the Supreme Council for Women, Shura MPs, women’s rights activists, as well as the Bahrain Government itself, have all played significant roles in bringing us to where we are today. The Unified Family Law comes hot on the heels of other valuable legislation, such as Bahrain’s enhanced accession to the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Domestic Violence Law, passed in 2015. 

These are all important milestones in enhancing the rights and freedoms of Bahraini women and families and we can be jointly proud of these achievements.

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As protests flared in Manama in February 2011, Iran quickly saw an opportunity. In this section we look at the various aspects of Iran’s support for militant groups in Bahrain after 2011. The various dynamics of Iran’s involvement at the outset of the protests can be summarized as follows: Propaganda support through Iran’s dense network of media outlets; providing training, funding and logistical support to militants; and the provision of weapons.

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Part 1: Beginnings of militancy – 1950-1990

Part 2: Evolution of militancy – 1990-2011

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