Bahrain’s Women Pioneers: Mona Jassim Al-Kuwari

March 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

After a distinguished career practicing law, Mona Jassim Al-Kuwari became the first female judge in Bahrain when His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa appointed her to the High Civil Court in 2006. Her appointment to the bench was especially significant in that it is believed she is the first female judge to be appointed in any Gulf Cooperation Council Country.

Following her appointment, Al-Kuwari reflected that her story was uniquely possible in Bahrain and that Bahraini women had proven their ability to excel in all facts of society. In the same interview, Al-Kuwari said “This is a historic step which, I hope, may open doors for many women like me who, in the most important professions, have always had to step aside and make room for the men.”

Stories like Mona Jassim Al-Kuwari’s are inspiring examples for what women can achieve in Bahrain. And through her work as a judge Al-Kuwari will continue blazing a path for women both in Bahrain and the broader Middle East.

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