Since the SCW was founded in 2001, the king has granted nationality to 2,634 children of Bahraini women with foreign fathers.
But legal experts argue that all those affected should be given their basic rights according to the Bahraini constitution and international conventions, especially since Bahrain has ratified these conventions.“This law is being considered by the government and in parliament.
Her problem is not only with the state, the mother of two said: “Bahraini society looks down on me and my children, and some people try to take advantage of us.” Bahraini nationality for her children, Hussain, 21, and 18-year-old Latifa.
Their father has lived in Bahrain since they married, and has a Bahraini mother.
Baharna has also worked for Bahrain’s Women’s Union [Arabic], which sends the United Nations Human Rights Council country reports and makes suggestions on ways to improve women’s rights to the UN Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Bahrain’s Supreme Council for Women has announced that the island nation is considering lifting restrictions on article nine of CEDAW, which says that states are required to “grant women equal rights with men with respect to the nationality of their children”.
Contrary to myth, when a perfectly good mother is custodially challenged by her child's father, she is immediately at risk -- most certainly in any Muslim country where the male custody of children is viewed as a religious, tribal, and legal right.
In January 2014, under intense pressure from activists, the Bahraini cabinet was on the verge of agreeing - under certain conditions - but deferred the issue to the legislature, according to legal and constitutional procedures.
Taqawi added: “Amending this law is an important social concern.
If passed it will end the suffering of these children, who exist within a legal vacuum that has caused them many problems.
In a foreign country, such married (or even divorced) women may have no independent means of support.
They will soon discover that while they may leave, their child forever belongs to his or her father and to that father's family. is emerita professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, the co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology (1969), the National Women’s Health Network (1975) and the author of thousands of articles and of thirteen books, including "Women and Madness" (1972), "Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman" (2002) and "The New Anti-Semitism" (2003).