Bahrain’s Women Pioneers: Ambassador Alice Samaan
March 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
A trailblazer and pioneer for Bahraini women, Alice Samaan joined Bahrain’s upper house of parliament, the Shura Council, in 2002. In 2005, Samaan made history when she became the first woman to chair a session of parliament. After completing a successful second term in the Shura Council from 2006-2010. Samaan was appointed to be Bahrain’s ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Before becoming an Ambassador, Samaan started her influential and inspiring career in education. She was primarily a teacher at the American Mission School, which is currently known as Al Raja School. For four years, Samaan dedicated herself to the personal development of her students. She further devoted herself to empowering others through her work as a public figure. Her efforts to make a difference were highlighted to encourage other women to take leadership positions in the community.
With a broad series of interests, Samaan expanded her outreach beyond politics. She was involved in media programming as an Author and Director for Special Radio Programs in Lebanon and with the Information Ministry in radio and television. Samaan was also the Head of programs on maternal and child health and media programs in the UNICEF-UN in Bahrain and Oman. In addition, she worked at the Ministry of Health and was appointed to supervise overseas training.
Samaan has played a vital role in the improvement of women’s rights in Bahrain. She has broken barriers and altered the dynamic of numerous sectors within the country through her work, which in effect has greatly advanced progress for gender equality.