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Report/Press release

The Situation of Women Migrant Domestic Workers in Bahrain




The most pressing problems faced by women in Bahrain include the following:
– Discrimination in the workplace and denial of senior posts in both the
private and public sectors;
– Family law is uncodified and governed by all-male religious Sharia courts.
Influential sections of the religious establishment oppose a codified family
law, while the government has recently demonstrated a lack of interest in
pursuing the matter. Meanwhile, Sharia courts and Public Prosecution have
resorted to threatening activists who dare to criticize its discriminatory
positions and practices;
– Nationality: Children and spouses of Bahraini women married to non-
Bahraini men are not entitled to citizenship;
– Violence against women: Sexual harassment and domestic abuse against
women is commonplace, with very little institutional support for victims, and
marital rape is not considered a crime under Bahraini law.

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Responsible institution

Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, Caram Asia

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Domestic Workers, Bahrainian Laws

Economic sectors

Occupations in services - Domestic work, Home child care providers, and Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations

Content types

Support initiatives

Target groups

Policymakers, Journalists, Public awareness, Researchers, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Regulation domains

Right to equality (gender)

Spheres of activity

Gender and sexuality studies