Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), announced the theme of the Bahraini Women’s Day 2017 as Bahraini women in the engineering field. As a Bahraini woman engineer myself, I’m extremely proud to have been put in the spotlight alongside all the hardworking women in my field. Still, I feel like we need to take a closer look at the reality of the situation. We are engineers, professionals, hard workers, wives, and mothers; we try to achieve as much as we can career-wise, despite the gender-specific societal difficulties placed before us long before we even enter the workforce. But do you see any woman engineer as the CEO of a corporation, the president of an NGO, or even the president of any non-profit organization in Bahrain?
Even the Bahrain Society of Engineers, established in 1972, has never had a woman as president, despite the fact that we had a woman engineer sit amongst the founding members of the society, and that we have seen contributions of women engineers’ in all disciplines in the engineering field for the past forty years.
I believe it’s time to see women engineers in positions that we can be proud of, in mantles of respect and leadership to give them credit for their hard work and what they’ve had to sacrifice to become the successful and intelligent engineers that they are today.