Bahrain’s Women Pioneers: Dr. Nada Haffadh

March 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Among the magnificent accomplishments of Bahraini women stands the work of Dr. Nada Haffadh. Following a successful two years in Bahrain’s upper house of parliament – the Shura Council – Dr. Nada was appointed in 2004 as the Kingdom’s Minister of Health. As the first woman to serve as a cabinet minister, Dr. Nada blazed a path forward for women in Bahrain.

After completing her medical studies in both Egypt and Ireland, Dr. Nada returned to Bahrain to practice family medicine in 1984. During this time, Dr. Nada also served as a lecturer at the medical college of the Arabian Gulf University and consulted with the World Health Organization on family and maternal health.

Following the ascension of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to the throne, Dr. Nada served as a member of the Supreme Committee for the National Action Charter in the year 2000. During this time, she helped formulate critical elements of the Charter pertaining to women’s rights and women’s empowerment. In 2001, she joined the Supreme Council for Women and rose to chair its Committee on Women in Decision Making Positions. The following year, His Majesty appointed Dr. Nada as a member of the Shura Council.

From 2004-2007, Dr. Nada served as Bahrain’s Minister of Health. In this capacity, Dr. Nada is widely credited with improving the quality of, and access to, medical care in the Kingdom. After leaving the Ministry, Dr. Nada returned to the Shura Council, where she serves on the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee.

Dr. Nada’s impressive career distinguishes her as one of Bahrain’s women pioneers. Her example is an inspiring one for all women in the Kingdom.

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