Bahrain makes commitments to the CEDAW committee in Geneva

December 4, 2008

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Among the issues discussed at the CEDAW meeting was Bahrain’s civil society law which prevents NGOs from getting involved in politics, limiting the work of women’s organizations. The shadow report presenters emphasized the importance of lifting the CEDAW reservations, eliminating discrimination in the nationality law, and introducing a personal status law to help govern family issues such as marriage, divorce, and custody.

More than 2,000 families waiting to become Bahraini citizens

May 13, 2008

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The irony is that most of the listed families who are the focus of the nationality campaign are eligible to obtain a Bahraini passport and fulfill all conditions set by the laws. The nationality law stipulates a mandatory three-year residence for GCC nationals in Bahrain, 15 years for Arabs and 25 years for non-Arabs to obtain Bahraini citizenship.

A Mother's Cry

August 25, 2006

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Isn’t it so unfair what you are doing to your own daughters? Don’t ask why we got married to a certain man. It’s our right to marry who we love.

Interview with Wajeeha Al Baharna, President of Bahrain Women's Society, on the Nationality Campaign in Bahrain

June 19, 2006

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When a Bahraini man marries a non-Bahraini woman, she will be granted Bahraini nationality after five years and his children are automatically granted Bahraini nationality. But Bahraini women who are married to non-nationals cannot pass their nationality to their children, which means their children are treated like foreigners in Bahrain. They don't have access to health services, education, and many other benefits for citizens in Bahrain

WLP and CRTD-A Convene Middle East-Gulf Regional Learning Institute for Women’s Leadership

November 21, 2005

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WLP convened the Institute to create an opportunity for women activists in the region to develop skills in participatory leadership, facilitation, communications, and advocacy, building their capacity as leaders. In a role play on communicating with the media, participants took on the role of guests in a TV talk show, defending contrasting points of view. "One should not treat interacting with the media as an exam, but simply as a means of getting across a message and building public support for your goals," said Moroccan partner Amina Lemrini.

WLP and Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan Convene Middle East/North Africa Institute for Women's Leadership in Jordan

December 15, 2003

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WLP convened the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Regional Roaming Institute for Women's Leadership from December 9-15, 2003 in Petra, Jordan. Thirty women leaders from eleven Arab countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, and Yemen took part in the week-long Institute for training of trainers.

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