Wednesday 27 September 2023

The award ceremony

Tamkeen wins Princess Sabeeka award for Women Advancement

MANAMA, December 1, 2022

The esteemed position in which Bahraini women stand today is driven by a committed and supportive national ecosystem, said Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Labour Fund (Tamkeen). 
He was speaking after Tamkeen won the Award of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa for Bahraini Women Advancement. Tamkeen received the award for the public sector (official enterprises) category during an official ceremony as part of Bahrain’s celebrations for Bahraini Women Day which took place on December 1. 
He highlighted the award’s role in celebrating private, public, and civil institutions that believe in the ability of Bahraini women to drive their development and prosperity. He continued: “Being presented the award highlights Tamkeen’s commitment to the objective of increasing the economic participation of women and supporting their inclusion in the labour market through various programmes, initiatives and partnerships.” 
Inclusive support
Maha Mofeez, the Acting Chief Executive of Tamkeen, pointed out Tamkeen’s efforts in providing inclusive support that is suited to the needs of Bahraini women, facilitating their participation in the economy and supporting them across the various stages of their development, a key component of Tamkeen’s annual plans and strategy. 
Tamkeen has introduced several initiatives that focus on supporting female entrepreneurship, as well as programmes that support women to establish companies and further their career development.
She added: “Since establishment, Tamkeen’s efforts provided over 104,000 training and employment opportunities for Bahraini women across all sectors, in addition to supporting over 24,000 women-led enterprises with over BD250 million ($663 million), which included facilitating financing from banks worth BD383 million through several portfolios, including the Riyadat portfolio, which is dedicated to supporting Bahraini women in business in collabouration with the Supreme Council for Women and the Bahrain Development Bank.”
Work-life balance
In addition to Tamkeen’s support for women in the economy, the Labour Fund has implemented policies and procedures that foster a work environment that enables work-life balance and adopts high levels of institutional flexibility, thus enabling the active participation of women within the organisation and enhancing their productivity in their various roles. 
Among the most prominent policy developments are those related to human resource management, including enhancing the communication and involvement of employees through newly established reward systems and flexibility in the work environment. Additionally, the organisation adopted new policies that specifically target the enhancement of work-life balance such as maternity and paternity leave, as well as miscarriage and compassionate leaves. 
Tamkeen’s dedication to fostering work-life balance resulted in a high representation of women within the organisation, where 53% of Tamkeen’s employees are women and over 50% of leadership positions are filled by women. With the establishment of an internal career progression and training platform, women in Tamkeen achieved 53% of promotions and incentives in 2021, a testament to their distinction across various job roles and responsibilities, as well as a reflection of the effect of gender balance on the competitiveness of women in the labour market. 
During the pandemic, Tamkeen ensured that female entrepreneurs received the support required for the continuity of their businesses through the Riyadat portfolio and the Business Continuity Programme. Additionally, Tamkeen supported the wages of employees in nurseries and preschools during this period.-- TradeArabia News Service


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