Royal University for Women celebrates Bahrain Women’s Day and National Day

05,Jan 2017

In a prestigious and engaging ceremony, the Royal University for Women celebrated Bahrain Women’s Day and National Day at its premises in West Riffa. The event titled “Achievements of Bahraini Women in the Legal Field" was held Under the patronage of Her Excellency Dr. Shaikha Mariam Bint Hassan Al Khalifa, Supreme Council for Women vice chairwoman, witnessed a large number of officials, academics and students.

The ceremony kicked off with a welcoming speech from Professor Mazin Juma, President of the Royal University for Women, in which he thanked Dr. Shaikha Mariam Bint Hassan for her patronage and acknowledged the development of Bahraini women in all sectors of society and expressed his pride in being president of an all female institution. Prof. Mazin lauded the important role of women in the Kingdom of Bahrain citing her outstanding achievements and how women have received high-ranking roles in all sectors including the legal field through hard work, determination and a will to success that matches and at times surpasses their male counterparts. The president of the Royal University for Women also stressed the role of women in building our society and how it is admirable that women are able to balance a high achieving professional life while still performing the role of a mother, wife, sister or daughter. 

The first female judge in Bahrain, guest speaker Judge Dr. Mona Jassim Al Kuwari, then followed the president’s speech. Dr. Mona described her motivation for joining legal sector and encouraged the girls to follow their goals even if they initially encounter challenges. A short presentation by distinguished RUW graduate Ms.Basma Al Haddar followed in which she described her pride in being an RUW graduate and how her studies aided her in her profession and in her job in the constitutional court. 

The ceremony continued with a folklore performance from Hawar International School and a performance by the marching band of The Indian School of the Kingdom of Bahrain who joined the university in their celebrations. 

To conclude the ceremony, awards were presented to RUW’s high achieving students. The Royal University for Women also recognized the contributions of its Bahraini women staff and presented them with tokens of appreciations.

In context of Bahrain's National Day, the university also organized a number of student activities, including a charity bazaar as well as a number of sports events and competitions, in addition to an entertaining performance of traditional Laywa dancing. 

Reflecting on the event, Ms.Doris Martin, Director of Student Affairs, described the event as “a tribute to women worldwide, who have achieved commendable achievements in all sectors of society while continuing to nurture and raise the next generation of leaders”, prior to thanking all the participants, RUW team and honoured guests for their cooperation and participation in the ceremony.