Bahrain regime blames women for unemployment

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The absolute monarchy in Bahrain is apparently not satisfied with ‘only’ teargassing women. They are not satisfied with torturing women, whether these women are human rights activists, poetesses, nurses or doctors. Now, the dictatorial government have also started lecturing at women, blaming them, not regime policies, for their unemployment.

The media of Rupert Murdoch, still a pal of the Bahraini dictatorship, though Murdoch‘s friendship with other pals like Silvio Berlusconi and Tony Blair has meanwhile become enmity, keep talking about supposed ‘freedom’ in Bahrain. They don’t mention that supposed Bahraini ‘economic freedom’ works only for the Bahraini royals, and their cronies like Murdoch and multinational oil corporations. Not for small businesses; not for workers; not for immigrant workers; not for women workers.

I will quote now from Trade Arabia today. I don’t quote that mouthpiece for Bahraini dictatorship propaganda often. But I will do so now, to show the arrogance of the regime to Bahraini women.

From Trade Arabia:

Bahraini women urged to not set unrealistic conditions

Manama, 5 hours, 12 minutes ago

Bahraini women should stop setting unrealistic conditions when offered jobs and should be open to working evening shifts, according to a top government official.

Their lack of “flexibility” is preventing them from getting jobs in the private sector, he said in a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

Labour Ministry Under-Secretary Sabah Al Dossary said one of their biggest challenges was to encourage job-seekers, especially women, to take up specific professions.

He said Bahraini women continue to reject job offers, despite the private sector creating hundreds of vacancies.

“Unemployment among women is a big problem in the GCC, including Bahrain, with an estimated 75 per cent not taking up jobs available to them, which affects the jobless rate,” he said.

“Women do not want to work in shifts and demand fixed timings such as 7am to 2pm, similar to the public sector.

The private sector cannot accept such demands as they want the job done. These workers shun jobs and are not flexible.”

He was speaking to the GDN on the sidelines of a training workshop organised by the Council of Ministers of Social Affairs in GCC States Executive Bureau.

The five-day event, which focuses on developing employment policies in the Gulf, was opened yesterday at the Ramee Grand Hotel and Spa, Seef.

More than 30 experts from GCC countries are taking part in the workshop including International Labour Organisation (ILO) representative Dr Mary Kawar.

Al Dossary, who was representing the ministry in the meeting, said they faced difficulties in breaking stereotypes among women job-seekers.

“They do not want to do jobs that have two shifts as they want to go home early,” he said. “It is not easy to find such jobs that suit their timings, shifts and other demands.

“There are lot of employment opportunities but we need job-seekers to give up all their demands and take up the offer and this will help in reducing the jobless rate.”

“We need to understand that there are less job openings in the public sector and it is important to meet the requirements of the private sector.”

He said the growing political situation in the Arab world has also led to increasing unemployment rates in the region.

Yeah right. Not the policies of dictatorial regimes in the Arab world cause unemployment, but the pro-democracy resistance against these dictatorships [sarcasm off].

Meanwhile, Dr Kawar said there was a three-fold increase in global unemployment levels among youths compared with adults.

It comes as the latest ILO report shows there are 200 million unemployed people globally. The figures also state that Arab countries have the highest youth unemployment rates in the world.

The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) released a statement Monday demanding that Egyptian authorities provide reasonable answers for the ongoing travel ban against Bahraini political and social activists: here.

Offending King Hamad can now result in up to seven years in prison, Bahrain announced Tuesday. The news comes just days before the third anniversary of the Shiite-led, Arab Spring-inspired protests against the kingdom’s Sunni monarchy: here.

King of Bahrain to jail subjects for seven years if they insult him: here.

As Afghanistan pullout looms, U.S. eyes Bahrain for rapid-response force: here.

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7 thoughts on “Bahrain regime blames women for unemployment

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  2. The repressive regime of Bahrain, is a insight of British Establishment thinking, that supports this type of regime, which should be a wake up call for the British public, unless the public are now so deep into sleep, they have become immune to corrupt practice.


  3. 5,6 millions de jeunes au chômage en Europe !

    La grande peur des gouvernements

    Fabien Perrier

    Grèce, Espagne, Portugal… les jeunes ont occupé les places lors du mouvement des Indignés en 2011 ; ils sont en tête des cortèges contestant l’austérité ; leurs votes se reportent vers les partis qui contestent les politiques menées. Selon Samaras, le premier ministre grec (Nouvelle Démocratie, droite), le chômage des jeunes est la cause de « problèmes incroyables pour la cohésion sociale ». Aurait-on enfin atteint l’état d’alerte au sommet de l’Union européenne ? Les taux de chômage grimpent en flèche depuis des années et sont à des niveaux jamais égalés en Europe. Une urgence économique et sociale… Mais l’intérêt des dirigeants européens est d’abord politique.

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  4. Bahrain teenager releases poetry collection
    Manama, 3 hours, 3 minutes ago

    A young Bahraini teenager has published her first collection of poetry ‘Solace’.

    Nineteen-year-old Noor Bahman spent two years working on her debut book, which is made up of 25 poems.

    Solace is now available on Amazon, but Bahman is working on selling it in Bahrain.

    “I started writing poetry at the age of 10,” she said. “Writing was the only escape I had. My writing is about the personal experiences I’ve had and about growing up in Bahrain,” she explained.

    “It touches on what it’s like to be a Bahraini woman in a male-dominated environment.

    “People who have unconventional mind-sets are outcasts.”

    She said she was driven to self-publish after failing to gain interest in Bahrain and among publishers abroad. “I was tired of people not listening to me, telling me I was too young,” she added.

    “Everything I wanted to do was limited by the fact that I was young and a girl,” remarked Bahman.

    She is currently trying to find a venue to launch the collection and hold a book discussion.

    “I want people to read it on the spot and voice their opinion,” she said. “That’s very important to me. The Bahraini market is the most important to me, and I hope to be able to bring the book to Bahrain soon. “In terms of writing, I hope to publish soon, but my next aim is a novel.”

    The ambitious teenager is currently planning to apply to study journalism in the UK.-TradeArabia News Service


  5. Tougher laws urged to fight abuse

    By LAALA KASHEF ALGHATA, Posted on Sunday, February 09, 2014

    LEADING women’s rights activists yesterday called for tougher legislation to support abuse victims in Bahrain.

    They also urged religious leaders to play greater roles in educating the public about all types of domestic violence, including those against housemaids.

    It comes as a panel of four experts discussed new figures surrounding violence against women during a seminar held at the Bahrain Specialist Hospital (BSH) in Juffair.

    It showed that 77 women, including 13 Bahrainis, sought counselling at the BSH within the last four months for emotional abuse, sexual harassment and physical assault.

    The seminar, focusing on the stigma surrounding the growing problem, was organised by the hospital and the Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society.

    It was conducted by Batelco Care Centre for Family Violence Cases psychotherapist and counsellor Dr Sharifa Swar, Bahrain Free Labour Unions Federation working women’s affairs head Fatima Fakhroo, BSH psychiatrist Dr Walaa Sabry and family lawyer Ali Al Qataf.

    “In Arab and Islamic countries, domestic violence is not yet considered a major concern despite its growing frequency,” said Dr Sabry.

    “In the four months I’ve been at BSH, we’ve had 77 female patients who have been victims of violence.

    “Thirteen of these were Bahrainis; others included two Egyptians, two Filipinos and one Palestinian.

    “The types of violence they suffered were 44 per cent emotional, 28pc sexual and 28pc physical.”

    Dr Swar discussed the importance of creating an environment in Bahrain where abuse victims feel safe to ask for help.

    “There are three things we need to do – we need to break the silence, they need to come to us and we need to have a law against domestic violence,” she told the GDN.

    “We have to create legislation that will make domestic violence illegal.

    “Saudi Arabia beat us to this a few months ago.

    “But in Bahrain, Shura Council refused to even make rape within marriage illegal.

    “Rape is rape.

    “If someone forces you to have intercourse against your will, that is rape, whether it’s by a stranger or your husband.”

    She said despite numerous calls for action, there had been no change.

    “We have spoken out again and again,” she said.

    “It’s no use.

    “We need religious leaders to step forward and take up the issue, and help make people understand this is not a question of religion.

    “This is a law that needs to pass.”

    Dr Swar broke down when describing the case of a man who was jailed for just a year after almost killing his wife.

    “He attacked her with a knife and almost killed her,” she said.

    “And he still managed to get out of prison after a year.

    “Where is her justice?”


    Ms Fakhroo demanded legislators draw up specific laws for sexual harassment in the workplace and to implement laws to protect housemaids who are often victims of domestic abuse.

    “We can’t stay quiet. I want a law against sexual harassment,” she said.

    “Men do not have the right to harass women in the workplace just because they are in a position of power. “Similarly, they do not have the right to harass or rape their housemaids. “These are women who have travelled across the world to work. “They must be respected.”


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