Bahrain

كثفت السلطات البحرينية من برنامجها في التسويق السياسي مستغلة المرأة من عدة جوانب واستخدامها كماكنة ترويج دون أن يتحقق قبال ذلك تطور حقيقي لوضع المرأة على مستوى الحقوق المدنية والسياسية والإقتصادية والاجتماعية والثقافية. ففي الوقت الذي تروج السلطات لمشاركة المرأة في الحياة السياسية وإبرازها كمؤشر للتقدم والإصلاح، فان ذلك في الواقع العملي يقتصر على توظيف عدد محدود جدا من النساء في وظائف عليا بناء على انتقاء سياسي وطائفي، وليس بتطوير النظام الوظيفي بحيث يوفر لعشرات الآلاف من النساء المؤهلات فرص الحصول على الوظائف العامة وفرص التطور الوظيفي دون تمييز على اساس الجنس او الانتماء العرقي او الطائفي. اما فيما يتعلق بالمشاركة في العملية الديمقراطية فإن السلطة تبالغ في تسويق برامج التدريب والدعم لعشرات من النساء ليخضن انتخابات المجالس البلدية والنيابية، في حين لا تتمتع تلك المجالس بسلطات حقيقية، ولا يعتبر دخول النساء او الرجال في تلك المجالس فرصا حقيقية لاتخاذ القرار الذي تسيطر عليه الفئة الحاكمة من خارج تلك المجالس.

The Bahraini Authorities stepped up the political propaganda built on the exploitation of women for promotional purposes, without a real evolution of women’s legal, civil, political, economical, social or cultural rights. While authorities are promoting the involvement of women in the political scene and presenting the program as a proof of progress and reforms, in reality, the program is limited in practice by employing a limited number of women in high positions selected on the basis of political and sectarian affiliation, and not on sound career qualifications, a process which discriminates against thousands of qualified women due to their gender, sectarian and tribal affiliation. 

Umbassil* is unlike other engaged women. Instead of planning her wedding she is wondering where she will have her baby. She is not pregnant but she knows that Bahrain's maternity hospitals will not admit her because she is HIV positive. The 26 year old who refuses to allow HIV to stop her from living her life to the fullest, is bothered by the prospect of being forced to deliver her baby in a country other than her own. "I have come to terms with artificial insemination and caesarean section (C-section) to protect my future husband and baby from contracting the virus, but I cannot accept (that I have) to deliver far away from my country and family members," she told IPS. 

Women in Arab countries are making human rights history as they break down barriers to being treated as full citizens in their own countries. In the past few years, women in Algeria, Egypt, and Morocco married to foreigners have won the right to convey their citizenship to their children. Algerian women can also now extend citizenship rights to their spouses.

In the Middle East and North Africa, where political change occurs slowly, blogging has becomes a serious medium for social and political commentary as well as a target of government suppression, writes Mohamed Abdel Dayem. Before the June presidential election, the Iranian government blocked access to more than a dozen social networking sites and online news sources perceived as favoring opposition candidates. Hours before polls opened, SMS, or short message service for mobile phones, was disrupted and remained offline for weeks. The day after the election, the government shut down mobile phone service for an entire day.

Posted by Yusra: While in Washington, D.C., last month, I attended a forum on Muslim women’s rights titled “Women and the Politics of Change in the Middle East,” at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. It was sponsored by the Women’s Learning Partnership, an international NGO dedicated to women’s leadership and empowerment, especially in Muslim majority countries. The event was held to honor the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination (CEDAW). CEDAW is a U.N. treaty aimed at providing a universal framework for women’s rights.

Transsexuals in the Gulf call Bahraini lawyer Fawziya Janahi "guardian angel". She is the Arab world's only female lawyer who takes up cases on behalf of clients who want to change their sex. Janahi's clients want legal permission to undergo sex change operations. While the law is quite straightforward on this in Bahrain, the lawyer says it is more difficult in other countries in the region.

You can read and download the Political Islam on Line article by Raouf Ebeid here

يدعو التحالف الإقليمي في كل من الأردن ومصر ولبنان وفلسطين لإجراء تعديلات جذرية على قانون الأحوال الشخصية، تفضي إلى قانون الأسرة العربية ، يحمي حقوق الأطفال والنساء والرجال والأسرة.وتهدف الحملة الإقليمية، التي تنفذ في البلدان الأربعة ويقودها التحالف، إلى تعديل بعض نصوص قوانين الأحوال الشخصية في الدول المشاركة بالتحالف، على أساس أن المساواة حق أساسي لجميع المواطنين والمواطنات على حد سواء، بصرف النظر.

Although women in Bahrain have had access to education and have participated in elections for eighty years now, even holding positions in government, Ghada Jamsheer, President of the Women's Petition Committee in Bahrain, denounces the flagrant bias stemming from the assumption that this equates to women's full emancipation.

Syndiquer le contenu