Nationality drive gets big boost in Bahrain

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Member of the campaign and President of the Bahrain Women’s Society Dr Wajiha Al Baharna said the campaign continued to enhance awareness on the plight of those children.

“The constitutional right of women to get citizenship for their children similar to men is not ensured in the nationality law, while children born to Bahraini men and foreign wives are granted citizenship without any restrictions.”

She highlighted the daily suffering of women married to foreign nationals, including lack of social security and the dilemma of children who are treated as outsiders in the only countries they know as their homes.

“These children don’t receive free education or health treatment and their families struggle to obtain resident permits for them after the age of 18.”

The campaign which had been launched in different Arab countries had been receiving a mixed response, she added.

 

 

The number of children born to Bahraini mothers and foreign fathers who are registered with a nationality campaign entitled ‘Citizenship is My Children’s Right’ has increased to 2,000, while the campaign’s officials are convinced that there are still people in the kingdom who have not yet registered.

Member of the campaign and President of the Bahrain Women’s Society Dr Wajiha Al Baharna said the campaign continued to enhance awareness on the plight of those children.

“The constitutional right of women to get citizenship for their children similar to men is not ensured in the nationality law, while children born to Bahraini men and foreign wives are granted citizenship without any restrictions.”

She highlighted the daily suffering of women married to foreign nationals, including lack of social security and the dilemma of children who are treated as outsiders in the only countries they know as their homes.

“These children don’t receive free education or health treatment and their families struggle to obtain resident permits for them after the age of 18.”

The campaign which had been launched in different Arab countries had been receiving a mixed response, she added.

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