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Abstract

In Bahrain, the role of women can be determined by examining their activities in all sectors of society. Traditions and laws primarily hold women back from their full participation in the economy and politics of the nation. Discrimination that has carried forward into the constitution of the land was caused by adherence to historical remnants of a society that does not really exist anymore. This study presents the social, economic, and political reality of Bahraini women in light of applicable legislation, and the barriers women face in achieving equality. The objective is to examine these realities within the context of Bahraini traditions, cultural norms and expectations, legislation, and the political process. The outcomes include the identification of specific barriers and some possible ways forward in the social experiment that has begun in Bahrain of equality and empowerment for women.

Note on the Author

Fakir Al Gharaibeh is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at Sharjah University–UAE and the Department of Social Work at Al Balqa Applied University–Jordan. He received his PhD in Social Work and Social Policy from the Department of Social Work and Social Policy and Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University of Technology, Australia.

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