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The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Spouse of His Majesty the King and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Women, tops the list released by the Contemporary and Historical Women Leadership Initiative announced by the European Union Delegation at the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of Gabon, on the occasion of the launch by UNESCO of the International Day of Women in Multilateralism.
Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa has been selected among a number of global leaders in multilateral work due to the leadership roles played by Her Royal Highness in various areas of development, her remarkable efforts and contributions to the advancement of women at the national level. , and by working to create a ground of encouragement and support for skills, by building quality experiences and showcasing them on regional and international platforms.
The initiative celebrates the significant impact of Her Royal Highness’ efforts through her chairmanship of the Supreme Council for Women, represented in monitoring the progress of Bahraini women, supporting their participation in public life through political action and decision-making, enhancing their contributions to the national economy, and providing the foundations for their family stability and social security.
In addition to Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, the initiative has listed a group of influential women leaders, such as Queen Marie Alexander (wife of the King of Romania), Ms. Zuzana Caputovà (first female President of Slovakia) , Ms Roza Otunbayeva (former President of the Kyrgyz Republic), Ms Kersti Kaljulaid (former President of Estonia), Ms Marie Robinson (first female President of Ireland), Dr Vaira Vike-Freiberga (first elected female President of the Latvia), Ms. Maria Lourdes Pintasilgo (first female Prime Minister of Portugal), Ms. Simone Veil (first female elected President of the European Parliament), Ms. Roberta Metsola (current President of the European Parliament of Malta) and Ms. Ursula Von Der Leyen ( President of the European Commission of Germany).
Last January, UNESCO inaugurated the International Day of Women in Multilateralism, on the basis of a resolution carried by Gabon and adopted in November 2021 during the General Conference of UNESCO; to support and appreciate the important and influential role of women in multilateralism to advance peace, security, human rights and development.
At an exhibition held yesterday in Geneva, Switzerland, which will run until March 10, 2022, the initiative was launched to highlight the role of contemporary and historical women leaders who have contributed to the advancement of multilateralism, human rights (including women’s rights), development, and peace and security – generally or implicitly – through their work leading and managing programs and initiatives that have had an impact at the local, regional and global levels.
In addition, the exhibition showcases the contributions of young women activists who are pursuing these ideals in their own countries, as well as women who are leading the multilateral process through leadership positions at the United Nations or other international organizations.