In a lecture to Suffolk University students, Bahraini Ambassador to Washington spotlights Royal reforms
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Khalifa delivered a lecture at the University of Suffolk in Boston in which he highlighted the common values shared by the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United States.
He said the royal reforms of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa have put special emphasis on respect for religious freedoms, pluralism, empowerment of women, and separation of powers.
The Ambassador affirmed that the wisdom and vision of His Majesty the King made of Bahrain a constitutional kingdom whose constitution safeguard rights, duties and national gains through popular participation in decision-making.
He added that the Kingdom of Bahrain, being a constitutional monarchy, it has adopted the principle of separation between the three executive, legislative and judicial powers, the very same principle adopted in the United States.
“The wise government is not represented at the legislative power and similarly the members of Parliament, Shura and Representatives Council, have no representation in the executive branch.”
The ambassador pointed out that throughout its long history, the Kingdom of Bahrain has known religious pluralism and coexistence in its society, with mosques and churches built close to each other.
He explained that His Majesty's reforms were keen to preserve and promote these values of tolerance and respect for religious freedoms to make of the kingdom an exemplary model at regional and international levels as reflected in the Bahrain Declaration on religious tolerance and The King Hamad Global Center for Peaceful Coexistence.
The Ambassador highlighted the pioneering role played by Bahraini women in the advancement of society and the kingdom as a whole over the past decades, which enabled women to occupy the highest positions in the private sector and in ministries, parliament, judicial and diplomatic fields.
He added that the Kingdom of Bahrain has the highest rate of women participation in leadership positions in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the highest representation in senior leadership positions in the civil sector, according to a report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
In this context, the ambassador explained that women now represent 15% of the members of the House of Representatives and 23% of the members of the Shura Council while Mrs. Fawzia Zainal was elected Speaker of the Council of Representatives to be the first woman to occupy this post.