On the occasion of the National Day of Bahraini Women, the General Federation of Trade Unions of Bahrain issued the following statement :
The General Federation of Trade Unions of Bahrain celebrates the National Day of Bahraini Women on December 1st and pays tribute to women by recalling their most important achievements. The Federation also highlights the major challenges facing Bahraini women in general and working women in particular.
The struggles of Bahraini women, both past and present, are recognized by all and their achievements are now a real fact. Achievements that have enabled women to go beyond their sacred role as mothers to excel in diplomacy, medicine, teaching, politics and many other fields where they have fulfilled their family, social, economic, cultural and political duties. Thanks to their commitment, women have managed to surpass men in many fields of higher education.
However, we have found that despite these successes, women continue to account for the highest unemployment rate and are forced to wait years before they are able to use their scientific skills in the professional world and thus be able to provide for their families.
With the use of distance education, decided upon as part of the preventive measures against Covid-19, women find themselves burdened with more responsibilities as they are responsible for following up on the distance education of their children in addition to having to continue working for working women. These working women are often forced to give up their work in order to devote
themselves to family priorities. This abandonment represents another social burden for women who must, in addition, be attentive to the proper application of barrier gestures by other members of their families.
The measures resulting from the expansion of Covid-19 have revealed that women workers in the informal sector are the hardest hit by this global health crisis, both socially and economically. Several households of this social class have been excluded from the aid decided in favor of other sectors. While these households do not benefit from social security, their exclusion from this aid worsens their already precarious situation since they have neither insurance nor pensions. This social gap must be made up by a structure of social solidarity, which is indispensable in times of crisis.