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Research to Advance Family Policies

Agenda

Day 1: Sunday 3 May, 2015

9:00 – 10:30

Opening Plenary Session
Venue: Room 238

Welcome Speech 15 minutes

Ms. Noor Al Malki Al-Jehani, Executive Director of DIFI
Dr Darwish Al-Emadi, Director of The Social & Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI), Qatar University

Panel Discussion 1

Production of Knowledge on the Family in Arab Countries: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward

Moderator: Dr Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf, Associate Professor at SFS-Qatar, Anthropology, Georgetown University.
Panelists:

  • Dr. Mokhtar El Harras- Professor, Sociology Department, Université Mohammed V-Agdal,
  • Dr. Islah Jad, Associate Professor, Qatar University
  • Dr Mohd Mohieddin, Director of Research, DIFI
  • Dr Paul Tabar, Associate Professor of Sociology/Anthropology at Lebanese American University.

75 minutes presentation, discussion and Q&A

10:30 – 10.45

Coffee break

10.45 – 12.15

2 Parallel abstract Presentation Sessions,  3 papers per session.
15 minutes presentation per speaker, 15 minutes discussion per paper.

Session 1
Venue: Room 239
Moderator: Dr. Anis Ben Brik, Visiting Professor of Sociology ,UAE University
Session theme: Political, economic and cultural challenges facing the Arab Family

  1. Dr. Muhanned AlFarras- Impacts of Smart Devices on the Value System of Arab Families
  2. Dr. Amina Yassen- Family and Cultural Globalization: What are the Best methods of Socialization?
  3. Dr. Mohamed Elker- Social Networks and the Problem of Family Estrangement: A Case Study on Algerian Families

Session 2
Venue: Room 240
Moderator: Dr. Ahmed Zayed, Professor of Sociology ,Faculty of Arts, Cairo University
Session theme: Political, economic and cultural challenges facing the Arab Family

  1. Dr. Bakar Mourtajji - Morrocan Family in the Countryside: Challenges and Opportunities of Integration into Development
  2. Mr. Hassan Shamran Alsa’ady- Social and Psychological Impacts on Displaced Families: A Field Study in Tripoli  
  3. Dr Ahmed Ali - Children of Iraq’s Wars: Future Warlords

12.15 - 1.15

Lunch

1.15 – 2.45

2 Parallel abstract Presentation Sessions, 3 papers per session. 15 minutes presentation per speaker, 15 minutes discussion per paper.

Session 3
Venue: Room 239
Moderator: Dr. Mehran Kamrava, Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service - Qatar

Session theme: Marriage and Divorce in the Arab world

  1. Dr. Abdallah Badahdah- Attitudes towards marriage among married and never married Qatari women
  2. Dr. Mohammad Khan- Why are so many Qatari women marrying late or not marrying at all?
  3. Dr. Kaouache Raouf- Algerian Single Women’ Trends in Misyar Marriage in the State of Jijel 

Session 4
Venue: Room 240
Moderator: Dr. Hanan Abdul Rahim,  Associate Director of the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI), Qatar University
Session theme: Marriage and Divorce in the Arab world

  1. Dr. Hamood Al Nofali- Marriage Requirements in Arab Gulf States: A Comparative Field Study Applied to Would-be Young Couples
  2. Dr. Ahmed Abdel Monem- Impacts of Societal Changes on Marriage Trends in Arab Countries
  3. Dr Sanaa Alharahsheh, Dr Mohamad Moheiddin, and Feras Almeer- Mixed marriages among Qataris: trends, patterns and implications

2.45 - 3.00

Coffee break

3.00 – 4.30

2 Parallel abstract Presentation Sessions, 3 papers per session. 15 minutes presentation per speaker, 15 minutes discussion per paper.

Session 5
Venue: Room 239
Moderator: Dr. Batoul Muhieddin S. Khalifa, Associate Professor - Psychological Sciences, College of Education, Qatar University
Session theme: Marriage and Divorce in the Arab world

  1. Prof. Humoud Alqashan- Does Parental Divorce Affect the Attitudes Towards Marriage and Divorce: A Comparative Study of intact and Divorced Families
  2. Dr. Walaa Rabei Mostafa Ali- Psychological Impact of Emotional Divorce on Arab Families: A Comparison between Egypt and Saudi Arabia
  3. Dr Shehata.M. Taha, Ms Moza Al Hajry, and Ms.Dabya Bouainin - Divorce and its implications on the Qatari family

Session 6
Venue: Room 240
Moderator: Dr. Asma Abdulla M. Al-Attiyah, Head of Department of Psychological Sciences, Qatar University
Session theme: Marriage and Divorce in the Arab world

  1. Dr. Wafaa Al-Mamari, Divorce in Omani Society: Causes and Effects
  2. Dr Omar A. Rahim Rababah, Divorce in the Arab World: Causes and Solutions –Jordan as an Example
  3. Dr Mohamad Moheiddin, Sanaa Alharahsheh, and Feras Almeer, A Diamond is not forever: A critical analysis of the divorce rates in Qatar
Day 2: Monday 4 May, 2015

9:00 – 10:00

Opening Plenary Session
Venue: Room 238

Invited Keynote Speaker

Dr. David Finkelhor- "Family Factors in Preventing Childhood Exposure to Family, Peer and Community Violence" 30 minutes presentation – 30 minutes discussion

10.00 - 11.30

Panel Discussion 2: The Family Strategy in Qatar

Moderator-Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Horr, CEO of Qatar Financial Business Academy

Dr. Jamal Alyafei, Expert - Social Policies and Development Planning, Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, The family strategy in Qatar: The Vision and Challenges of implementation
Ms. Amal Bint Abdul-Latif Al-Mannai, Chief Executive Officer – Qatar Foundation for Social Work, Challenges facing the implementation of the Family Strategy in Qatar.
Ms. Lolwah Al-Khater, Researcher and PhD candidate, Family Policies in Qatar: Between the Comprehensive Initiative and the Partial Adaptation

90 minutes presentation, discussion and Q&A

11.30 – 11:45

Coffee break

11.45 – 1:15

2 Parallel abstract Presentation Sessions, 3 papers per session. 15 minutes presentation per speaker, 15 minutes discussion per paper.

Session 7
Venue: Room 239
Moderator: Dr. Musa Shteiwi, Director, Centre For Strategic Studies (University of Jordan)
Session theme: The role of state policies on family formation and stability

  1. Dr. Hafiz Khan- Changing family structure, living arrangements and care support to elderly in GCC Countries: Some policy implications
  2. Prof. Salehddine Ben Faraj- Reducing Childbearing: Problems and Risks – Tunisia as an Example
  3. Mrs. Susan Roylance- Policies Affecting Arab Family Formation

Session 8
Venue: Room 240
Moderator: Dr. Zeinab Khadr, Research Scientist - The Social Science Research Center at The American University in Cairo
Session theme: The role of state policies on family formation and stability

  1. Dr. Laura Ferraro - “Marriage with the absent” in time of Migration
  2. Dr. Assia Chekireb- Returning Expatriate Families: Problematic Reality and Integration Policy
  3. Dr. Paola Gandolfi- Multiple Families in Changing Societies in Maghreb: The case of Morocco

1:15 – 2:15

Lunch

2.15 – 3:45

2 Parallel Presentation Sessions, 2 & 3 papers per session, 15 minute presentation per paper and 15 discussion per speaker

Session 9
Venue: Room 239
Moderator: Dr. Abdul-Aziz Mohamed Farah, Advisor for Strategic Planning, Qatar Foundation for Social Work
Session theme: The role of state policies on family formation and stability

  1. Dr. Jocelyn Mitchell- Majalis Al Hareem in Qatar: Participation, Engagement and Empowerment.
  2. Dr. Shefaqat Shehzad- Socio-economic, Demographic, Housing and Health Conditions of Qatari Women By their status of Marriage and Implications for Family Policies.
  3. Dr. Walid Rashad Zaky, Egypt- Families Formed through Cyberspace: A Case Study of Some Online Married Couples

Session 10
Venue: Room 240
Moderator: Dr. Maher Khalifa, Head, Department of Social Sciences, Qatar University
Session theme: The role of state policies on family formation and stability

  1. Dr Azza Abdelmoneium - Internally displaced families in Khartoum, Sudan: Challenges and Coping Strategies
  2. Ms. Kristen Hope- Situating the Best Interests of the Child in Community-Based Arbitration of Marriage Dispute: Reflections from a pilot intervention of Terre des hommes Foundation in Assuit, Egypt.
  3. Dr. Jamel Mezni- Best Interests of the Child and Assigning Guardianship in Mixed Marriages

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About DIFI

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), formerly known as Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD), was established by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 2006. The Institute has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC).

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