"Equal opportunities for all"

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An all-inclusive society where people live in harmony with equal opportunities is what every Bahraini citizen aspires to.

Hearing the remarkable words: “We do not want development efforts to only benefit a small category of citizens, we want to give equal opportunities to everyone” from our Crown Prince at the recent 2016 Government Forum gave any Bahraini who reads between the lines of these words a renewed sense of hope for the future.  

Bahraini youth have for a long time sought to express their concerns about the economic, social and political challenges they face. Many Bahrainis argue that for decades it has only been a certain segment of society who were considered to be privileged - a certain segment who come from wealthy families and those who consider themselves to be among an elite. 

Others fell victim to the sectarian attitudes and behaviour in our society, not only during the post-2011 period, but way before that. In some government institutions which are run by Shia, priority for employment and opportunities almost exclusively goes to Shia employees - and vice versa with Sunni-led institutions. 

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Parliament blocs fail to win posts: A week in politics

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14-19 October 2016

After a four and a half months’ holiday, the two parliamentary chambers came back together again this week. The main order of business was agreeing chairman positions in the five permanent committees; and in the case of the Shura Council, voting on the first and second deputy chairperson positions.

Committee rivalry

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Why is Bahrain the top destination for expats?

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Bahrain has been recently named as the number one destination for expats living the Middle East, according to recent surveys by HSBC and Expat Insider, which also rated Bahrain as one of the top ten locations in the world for expat residents. 

More than half of the population in Bahrain are expat residents from different parts of the world mainly Asia, Europe, the United States and other parts of the Middle East. The below comments are a representative sample of a broad range of expat views on how they find Bahrain and why they choose to live here:

 

“Bahrain feels like home more than anywhere else"

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Justice - ABC of civil society

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For many civil society organizations their primary goal is to seek justice for those people who they represent; whether it be the disabled, women or ordinary citizens seeking their political rights. Here we will look at why it is vital that everybody has access to the legal system and nobody be above the law.

Understanding how the justice system works

There is no benefit to be had simply by claiming that the laws and the justice system are unfair; as a civil society activist, you must learn how to make the law work for you.

Many people fail to achieve their rights and what is rightfully theirs, simply because they don’t know what their rights are.

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