Country / Region profile of: Bahrain

Women in Bahrain face considerable inequality compared to their male counterparts. Bahraini women did not enjoy universal suffrage until 2002, and since then the move toward equal representation in government has increased. There have been serious internal conflicts across Bahrain since 2011. Women have been active in the protests and rallies throughout the uprising. Bahrain acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 2002. Bahrain has signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on November 21, 2013; however, it has not been ratified by the state. Bahrain is ranked at number 126 of 144 listed countries on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) in 2017. During the 2017 October Open Debate, Bahrain did not give any statements affirming support for WPS. Bahrain does not currently have a National Action Plan on WPS. Women, in conjunction with civil society, have worked toward realising equality, even through the lasting conflicts.

"Bahrain has a well developed legal system and has modern laws on arbitration, civil, labour and many related issues. But when it comes to Family Law, we just base our judgement on the opinions of some judges and religious people belonging to both sects of Islam. This is an issue on which Bahrain's women have been fighting for more than 20 years. As a modern country which respects human rights, Bahrain should not delay in implementing this important law, which has already been approved by neighbouring countries like Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the UAE." - Sheikha Haya bint Rashed Al Khalifa


$ 1,396,800,000
Military expenditure
Bahrain spends USD$ 1,396,800,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Sending girls to college
This amount could fund scholarships aimed at providing free college education for millions of girls.
NAP 1325
Bahrain does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Bahrain made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2017.