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Ahli United Bank B.S.C. (AUB) has won the Shaikha Sabeeka Award for Bahraini Women’s Empowerment. The announcement was made by HH Shaika Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa at a ceremony held at the Supreme Council, Riffa. AUB won the award in the private sector category ahead of 8 other private sector institutions.

Neville Pearsall, Group Head of Human Resources, AUB said, “It is an honour for AUB to win an award of this nature. Over 35% of the bank’s staff are women and an increasing number are being promoted into professional and managerial key, decision making positions. At AUB we operate on a system of meritocracy whereby competent staff are rewarded and recognised for their achievements irrespective of their gender. Part of that recognition involves providing our staff with opportunities to develop and fulfil their career potential, and this applies equally to men and women. This is an essential requirement if we are to empower all our employees to do the very best they can, every day – which is what is required in a dynamic, growing business such as AUB.”

Faiza Saeed, Training and Development Manager, AUB urged other private sector organisations to follow suit and strengthen women’s empowerment and participation in the workplace. “At AUB, we strongly believe in the importance of equality between men and women. We have a long-established policy of fully opening the educational and advancement doors for all to reach their maximum career potential and to take on the positions that they deserve. It is indeed gratifying to see our efforts rewarded by this first of its kind award in Bahrain and the Arab world.”

The Shaikha Sabeeka Award for Bahraini Women’s Empowerment, is dedicated to celebrating and recognising the role of women in the workplace and in society as a whole. A panel of distinguished Bahraini and Arab personalities selected the winners from amongst thirty Bahraini organisations participating in this year’s programme.

AUB was provided with a cash prize of BD 10,000 and a certificate signed by HH Shaikha Sabika. AUB will use the cash award to further the objectives of the prize in raising awareness of the importance of women’s roles in the workplace and enhancing gender equality in the Bahraini society as a whole.