Bahrain wins IFJ Gender Council seat for the Middle East
Tunis, June 11 (BNA): Bahrain today won the Gender Council seat for the Middle East in the elections of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), which took place on the sidelines of IFJ 30th Congress held in Tunis. Bahrain Journalist Association (BJA)’s President Ahdeya Ahmed Al Sayed won the seat in elections of the world's largest press forum to promote Bahrain's standing in international press forums. This is the first time Bahrain participates as a candidate for winning a membership of an IFJ committee. The BJA’s President, in a press statement, said that she nominated herself for the Gender Council seat for the Middle East as the first Bahraini press and media personality to participate in the IFJ elections. Al Sayed said it is another success adds to the Bahraini women’s accomplishments, which comes to protect women journalists’ professional rights across the world. She pointed out Bahrain’s endeavour to achieve equal opportunities for Bahraini women and boost their role in the march of economic, social and cultural development under the leadership of HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Al Sayed said the Bahraini delegation consists of five BJA members, including BJA vice president Rashid Al Hamer, who would address the status of newspapers in the digital age. She noted that the Congress would focus on three main issues, including newspapers in the digital age, good trade union practices around the world and status of newspapers in the Middle East. In addition, the delegates would also discuss and adopt a new IFJ Global Charter of Ethics for Journalists and elect the new IFJ leadership to represent approximately 600,000 members from 120 countries.