GCC head says that Gulf women’s status still below aspirations

April 10, 2010

Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary General Abdul Rahman Al Atiyyah on Saturday said that Gulf women’s representation in leading posts was below ambitions and did not match their achievements in other areas.

Addressing the inaugural session of a seminar on “the role of women in the development process in the GCC member states” in Riyadh, Al Atiyyah said that Gulf women had been able to assume their responsibilities as partners in the national development process.

However, they still have a long way to go before they would reach higher levels in the decision-making process.

“Despite the remarkable achievements by women as successful partners in nation building and development, we have to admit that there is so much more that needs to be accomplished,” he was quoted as saying by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA). “The representation of women in key posts is still below our ambitions and does not conform to the big strides that have been made by women in the scientific domain and other practical areas,” he said.

According to Al Atiyyah, women who have full rights are capable of positively contributing to the development of the community. “That is why the GCC member states have enacted laws and legislations to encourage the involvement of women in the development process,” he said.

Steady efforts to empower women to participate actively in the development process are a critical factor for the modernization of the GCC communities.


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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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