A giant leap forward for Bahraini women...
I have already circled September in my calendar! I know exactly where I will be and what I will be doing.
It is a date which every Bahraini should be proud of as a Bahraini and Arab woman will for the first time assume the role of president of the United Nations General Assembly.
Shaikha Haya bint Rashid Al Khalifa will be the second woman to hold the post in its 61-year-old history, after Angie Brooks of Liberia, who was president in 1969.
Congratulations Shaikha Haya on this great achievement, which is truly a huge leap in terms of showing the rest of the world the high calibre of Bahraini women and the heights they have reached.
We have indeed come a long way.
I hope this will answer all the questions people ask me about women in my country.
For if the picture is not all that perfect, there is great hope in the future with two female ministers and finally a woman president of the UN General Assembly.
It is a gain of such a great magnitude it is sure to generate interest from around the world about Bahrain in general and the status of its women in particular.
The responsibility placed on Shaikha Haya's shoulders is indeed huge, as the world's eyes will be focused on her during her tenure.
She will be responsible for running the General Assembly, attending endless meetings and facing the questions of some of the world's most seasoned journalists in one Press conference after another, to name but a few of the challenges ahead!
While I wouldn't want to be in Shaikha Haya's shoes, as I am more comfortable covering events from the sidelines, the post of General Assembly president is an unenviable one which I am sure she has already been briefed about and ready to deal with its realities, come September.
This takes me back to days when I was a cub reporter and won a scholarship to the UN to cover the proceedings of the 49th General Assembly meeting almost 10 years ago!
Being in the General Assembly hall was daunting to say the least. But heading the meeting is another story altogether.
Thank you Bahrain for placing your trust in a woman and showing the rest of the world our civilised face, which I am more than sure Shaikha Haya would be able to project, given her earlier performance as our ambassador to France.
It is indeed a bright page in Bahrain's modern history.
* Amira Al Hussaini currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.