Hala Al Ansari speaking at the launch Image Credit: BNA

Manama: Bahrain has taken a giant leap in its fight against domestic violence after the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) launched the Takatof initiative which creates a database for abuse cases.

“Bahrain is a major contributor to the international efforts to combat violence against women thanks to the growth of relations between the Supreme Council for Women and the UN Commission for Women,” SCW secretary-general Hala Al Ansari, said at the launch of the initiative on Thursday. The ceremony was attended by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, Ines Makkawi, head of families and children at the Arab League, lawmakers, officials and diplomats.

The database aims to monitor and follow up on cases of domestic abuse, she added.

According to the available statistics, there are relatively few cases of domestic abuse in the country.

Al Ansari said this is because of the outstanding efforts exerted by the Supreme Council for Women who has, over the years, worked closely with ministries, civil societies and the media to help curb domestic abuse.