October 4, 2016

DIFI to Host Second Annual International Conference

Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) has announced the dates and agenda for its second International Conference on Family Research and Policy, which will address the theme of ‘The Impact of Wars and Conflicts on Arab Families’.

The conference will once again host researchers and policymakers from across the world at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) from 17th to 18th October 2016. The gathering will provide a unique platform for discussion and debate on the impacts of wars and conflicts on Arab families, as well as the role of public policies in promoting family well-being and protection.

The conference’s agenda will address relevant issues around six overarching themes, including: ‘Family Formation and Breakdown’; ‘Social and Economic Conditions; Gender and Health Issues’; ‘The Conditions of Refugees and Internally Displaced Families’; ‘The Impact Of Wars and Conflicts on Women, Men And Children’; and ‘The Roles And Experiences Of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) In Responding To The Needs of Families During and Post Wars and Conflicts.’

Commenting on the announcement of the conference, Noor Al Malki Al-Jehani, Executive Director of DIFI, said: “Through our conference, I believe we will greatly enhance research and policy discussions by highlighting new trends in the challenges Arab families face as a result of the impacts of wars and conflicts. We will build on our work in influencing regional and international family research and policy agendas by providing a platform for social scientists, policymakers, NGOs and CSOs to interact and exchange ideas and expertise.”

The conference will feature plenary sessions as well as panel discussions which will bring together a number of notable speakers and moderators. The first day will explore a variety of topics focusing on family formation, socio-economic impact of wars on families, and gender dimensions during conflicts.The second day will offer a series of sessions including the experience of NGOs in zones of war and conflict, post-war family transition and resettlement, conditions of Arab refugees and health issues in wars and conflicts.

For details of speakers and sessions, and to register for the conference, prospective participants should visit: http://www.difi.org.qa/annual-conference

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