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Impact of Changing Population Dynamics on the Arab Family

Impact of Changing Population Dynamics on the Arab Family

Start Date/Time:
02/12/2013 08:00 Download ICS File
End Date/Time:
03/12/2013 18:00
Location:
Doha, State of Qatar
Category:
Seminar
Category:
Seminar
Department:
Research Division

DIFI organized an international seminar to take stock of the various changes on the Arab Family brought about by population and demographic dynamics, and to assess the policy implications of these changes. The seminar brought together international, regional and national population scientists, policy-makers and researchers involved in the study of aspects of the Arab family.

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) aims to be a global knowledge leader on issues facing the Arab family through research, policy, and outreach. DIFI supports the aims of the 2004 Doha Declaration on the Family by:
  • Contributing to the global knowledge base on issues facing the Arab family through the development and dissemination of high-quality research,
  • Encouraging knowledge exchange on issues related to the family across an international and interdisciplinary network of researchers, policymakers, and service providers,
  • Making family issues a priority for policy-makers through advocacy and outreach at the national, regional and international levels, and
  • Building an international coalition of regional experts.

In furtherance of its mission, DIFI organized a half-day High Level Policy Dialogue in collaboration with the General Secretariat for Development Planning (GSDP) in the State of Qatar on the Impact of Population Dynamics on the Arab Family on 2 December 2013, followed by a one-day International Research Seminar on the Impact of Population Dynamics on the Arab Family on 3 December.

Context

The structure of the Arab family, which is the basis of Arab societies and the most influential educator and inculcator of values, is in the midst of transition. Modernization and globalization processes, including internet usage and social media which have shrunk the world in time and space, and humanitarian crises, as well as rapidly changing population and demographic dynamics, are fundamentally altering the traditional Arab family.

High Level Policy Dialogue

The main aim of the high level policy dialogue was to consider the impact of population dynamics on the Arab family and the policy implications.

The dialogue featured a key-note address and a moderated panel discussion on five selected themes related to Arab families: (i) Marriage and Family Formation; (ii) Trends and Patterns in Fertility and Family Size; (iii) Population Migration and the Family; (iv) Adolescents and the Family and, (v) Intergenerational and Gender Issues Affecting Family Cohesion. As part of the panel discussion there was a question and answer session, including twitters and tweets.

International Research Seminar

The main aim of the international research seminar was to present original high-quality research papers on the Arab family that will lead to an edited book on the Impact of Population Dynamics on the Arab Family. The international seminar  addressed five main topics related to Arab families: (i) Marriage and Family Formation; (ii) Trends and Patterns in Fertility and Family Size; (iii) Population Migration and the Family; (iv) Adolescents and the Family and, (v) Intergenerational and Gender Issues Affecting Family Cohesion.

Background Material

Welcome Address
by H.E. Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Khalifa, Chair, Board of Governors, Doha International Family Institute (DIFI)

Opening Remarks
by H.E. Dr. Saleh bin Mohammed Al-Nabit, Minister, Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics

Keynote Address
by Mohamed Abdel Ahd, UNFPA Regional Director for Arab States

Agenda

Presentations

The Tempo and Intensity of Marriage in the Arab Region: Key Challenges and their Implications
by Dr. Hoda Rashad

The Political Dimensions of Fertility Decrease and Family Transformations in the Arab Context
by Dr. Youssef Courbage

Intimate Partner Violence and Women’s Economic and Non-economic in Minya Egypt
by Dr. Kathryn Yount

Attitudes Towards Violence Against Wife Among Qatari Men
by Dr. M. Nizam Khan

Street families in Cairo: Ethnographic Studies of Child Street Mothers, Gendered Violence and the Impact of the Change in Child law in 2008
by Nelly Ali

Early Investments in Maternal Education as a Driver for Eliminating Female Circumcision
by Dr. Jenny Liu

Measurement of Women’s Agency in Rural Egypt
by Dr. Kristin VanderEnde

Is Women’s Work a Pathway to their Agency in Rural Egypt
by Rania Salem

A Sociological Analysis of Intergenerational Changes in Decision Making Process of Women in Qatar
by Dora Dominic

Adolescents in Arab Countries: Major Health Issues and Their Social Context
by Dr. Carla Makhlouf

Parenting Styles and Conduct Problems among Children in Qatar
by Dr. Abdallah Badahdah

Socio Demographic Predictors of Tobacco Smocking Among Adolescents Residing in the UAE
by Dr. Caroline Barakat

Measuring the Job Quality Concept of Youth in Egypt
by Ali Rashed

Age structural Transition in the Family
by Dr. Ayman Zohry

Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Fertile and Infertile Saudi Subjects in Relation to Infertility in Central Saudi Arabia
by Dr. Mostafa Abolfotouh

Fertility Transitions in the Arab Muslim Countries: Timings and Determinants
by Dr. Mahamoud Moshfegh

Intergenerational relationships in Lebanon: inequalities over the life course
by Dr. Kristine Ajrouch

Child Brides are Screaming are we Listening
by Dr. Doaa Oraby

Expat Arab Health Professionals: Brain Drain or Brain Gain
by Dr. Mouhanad Hammami

Qatar’s Population Dynamics Between 1990 and 2012 and their Impact on Maternal and Newborn Survival
by Dr. Sajjid ur Rahman

Women, Education, Labour Market Participation and Childbearing in the Middle East
by Dr. Narjes Mehdizadeh

The views expressed in these papers or presentations are the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Doha International Family Institute إن الآراء الواردة في هذه الأوراق البحثية أو العروض التقديمية تمثل وجهات نظر المؤلفين و لا تمثل بالضرورة وجهات نظر معهد الدوحة الدولي للأسرة ، ولا ينبغي أن تنسب إليه .

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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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