Jakarta. Bahrain is calling for applications for the inaugural Global Award for Women's Empowerment, which recognizes and celebrates the achievements of champions of women's equality.
In March, Bahrain's Supreme Council for Women and UN Women formally announced the award, which was an extension of a national initiative led by the kingdom's Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, after whom the award is named.
Speaking during an event in Jakarta, Bahrain's ambassador to Indonesia, Mohamed Ghassan Sheikho, said the award is divided into four categories comprising the public sector, private sector, civil society and individuals; each valued at $100,000.
Those who are doing work to help achieve gender equality are encouraged to apply for the award, including from Indonesia, Sheikho added.
"The award will highlight innovative initiatives that bring about sustainable transformation for women's empowerment within their communities," UN Women said in a statement.
Applications will be assessed by a panel of international jury members, including UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, and UN Women Arab States regional director Mohammad Naciri.
Bahrain has the second-highest number of female ministers among countries in the Middle East and North Africa, at around 18 percent, according to a 2012 study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The kingdom also boasts over 30 percent of female labor participation, according to the study. The region's average is 27 percent.
The application period is currently open and will run through Aug. 31. For more information and to apply, visit www.womenglobalaward.org/en/apply-now.