The Center for Gulf Studies at Qatar University organized the 8th annual international interdisciplinary conference entitled “Gulf Families:Continuity and Change” in collaboration with the Doha International Family Institute
Under the patronage of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), concluded its international Conference titled “Parenting, Child Wellbeing, and Development” in collaboration with UNICEF Middle East and North Africa on the 23-24 Oct 2018 at St. Regis Hotel Doha.
DIFI brought together a network of leading policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of civil society organizations for its two-day international conference – titled ‘Parenting, Child Wellbeing and Development’ – at the St. Regis Doha. The event was also attended by many academics, as well as child and family advocates, to discuss and debate parenting issues and propose possible interventions.
“This international conference has highlighted very important issues designed to formulate practical policies and proposals, build global best practices, and implementation tools,” said Noor Al Malki Al Jehani, Executive Director, DIFI.
“Families are faced with great challenges posed by rapid technological developments – the parents’ need to work and other contributing factors – and it was a great pleasure to witness experts, policy makers, and academics gather to discuss these issues and find the best possible solutions.
“I would like to thank all those who participated for their valuable involvement, and, of course, those who contributed to the success of this conference. This event has become a prominent platform for supporting the Qatari and Arab families, and is, in turn, helping children to achieve their maximum potential.”
During the conference, attendees addressed issues such as the importance of parenting; supporting working parents; parenting in the digital era; investing in parenting education programs; and parenting children living with disabilities. The sessions focused on parenting program costs and their return, methods of data collection and evaluation, and best practices.
The conference concluded by sharing the ‘Civil Society Statement on Parenting’. The statement was the result of a pre-conference meeting for civil society organizations organized by DIFI and the International Federation for Family Development.
DIFI, through its projects and initiatives, aims to highlight the importance of family issues in the Arab world and make them a priority for policy-makers on local, regional, and international levels.
For the Civil Society Statement click here
For updated information on the event please visit the official conference website
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