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September 30, 2019

DIFI to Host ‘Family Policy Symposium: Child Wellbeing in Qatar’


The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), a member of Qatar Foundation, is set to host a one-day event titled ‘Family Policy Symposium: Child Wellbeing in Qatar’ on Wednesday, October 2, at Qatar National Convention Centre.

The event, which is open to the public, is being held in collaboration with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs in Qatar and the UNICEF in the Gulf Area Office.

Dr. Sharifa Noaman Al Emadi, Executive Director of DIFI, said: “Our symposium is timely due to the increased awareness and interest of practitioners, researchers, and policy makers at a national, regional, and global level in understanding children’s physical, psychological, social, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, and cultural wellbeing.

“The event will explore policies and programs that address a range of aspects, including early childhood, child development, safety, social relationships, psychological and cognitive wellbeing, empowerment and agency, as well as their synergy in examining the wellbeing of children.

“The symposium aims to build on the success of DIFI’s previous activities and events, such as its international conference titled ‘Parenting, Child Wellbeing and Development’ which, held in 2018, was organized in partnership with UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Office, and was in alignment and support of Qatar’s Second National Development Strategy 2018-2022.”

DIFI will present its study on child wellbeing in the Gulf during the event. The report provides a contextually appropriate approach and framework for child wellbeing and a systematic evidence review of wide-range indicators, policies, and programs to promote child wellbeing. The topics covered on the day will focus on child wellbeing at school, child health, and protection from abuse and neglect, as well as the associated challenges. Also, the role of research in shaping policy and practice and promoting positive wellbeing among children in Qatar will be addressed.

DIFI is a global policy and advocacy institute working to advance knowledge on Arab families through research and promote evidence-based polices at a national, regional, and international level. And the symposium demonstrates DIFI’s commitment to convening innovative and quality events that aim to underscore research-to-policy perspectives, with a specific focus on collaborative action.