2021 DIFI Biennial International Conference
Marriage: Formation and Constituents of Stability

23-25 February 2021
12 PM +3GMT

Why Attend the Conference

Be part of 18 interactive sessions

Hear from 61 different speakers

Consult privately with 4 marriage experts

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The family is considered the basic social unit and the core constituent of society, and it begins its formation through marriage. It is the start of a covenant partnership, which goes beyond the rights and duties of each party and highlights the pastoral, protectionist, and educational role that parents undertake for future generations. In fact, these roles are also supported by the extended families, who play an important role in the formation, stability, and dissolution of any marriage. Given the importance of marriage, and the consequent branching of patterns and the structural challenges it faces, research interest in marriage has grown and policies and programs across the region have addressed various aspects of it.

This conference aims to draw an integrated picture of the phenomenon of marriage in the world, with a particular focus in the Arab regular. The conference will delve into multiple faces of marriage by addressing: the socio-economic factors affecting marriage; reasons behind declining rates and delay of marriage; increases in the material costs of marriage; impact of work and family balance on marriage; factors influencing the stability of marital relations; as well as marriage in times of immigration, wars, and conflicts.

Conference Objectives

  • Highlight the importance of the institution of marriage in the contemporary world.
  • Debate the constituents and strengths of marriage success in changing value systems.
  • Underline the vital role of quality marital relationships in the sustainability of the institution of marriage.
  • Examine the challenges families face to preserve the institution of marriage, which might lead to family fragmentation or divorce.
  • Advocate for the development and implementation of policies, interventions, protection programs, and best practices.

ABOUT DIFI

Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) is a global policy and advocacy Institute working to advance knowledge on Arab families and promote evidence-based polices. Learn more

Speakers

Her Excellency Sheikha Hind Al Thani

Her Excellency
Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Raja Permaisuri Agong

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed

Sümeyye Erdoğan

Dr. Kevin Skinner

Nada Al-Ahdal

Dana Al Faraj

Aisha Rosalie

Akiko lto

Agenda


23 February 2021
12:00 PM
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Marriage and Socioeconomic Challenges

Moderator

Khalid Al Naama TV Presenter, Al Rayan TV

Speakers

Emma Nicholson Baroness of Winterbourne, Member of Britain’s Upper Chamber of Parliament, the House of Lords, United Kingdom
Haifa Abu Ghazaleh Assistant Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Jordan
Bushra Tawfiq Director, National Institute of Social Action, Morocco (INAS), Morocco
12:45 PM

Age and Marriage: Between Early and Late Marriages

Moderator


TBC

Speakers

Shaikha Faisal Medndi Head of Mawada Program, Kuwait
Luay ShabanehRegional Director UNFPA, Jordan
Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi University of Tehran, Iran
Nada Al-Ahdal Human Rights Activist, Yemen
1:30 PM
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Break

2:00 PM
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DIFI Report on “The State of Marriage in the Arab World“

Speakers

Ahmed Aref Planning and Institutional Development, Doha International Family Institute (DIFI)
2:45 PM
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Break

3:00 PM
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Opening Session

Details to be confirmed

4:00 PM
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Keynote: Building A Case For Marraige

Speakers

Dr. Kevin Skinner
Co-Founder, Clinical Director, Addo Recovery, USA
24 February 2021
12:00 PM
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Foundations of a Happy Marriage

Moderator

Raymond Mutura President of the Voice of the Family in Africa International (VOFA), Kenya

Speakers

Sharifa Khalfan al-Yahyai Former Minister of Social Development in Oman, Oman
Rosa Pich Family Coach and Speaker, Spain
Olivier Yao World President, IFFD, Ivory Coast
12:45 PM
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High Level Plenary – Marriage and Youth Today

Details to be confirmed

1:30 PM
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Break

2:00 PM
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Experiences and Challenges of Cross-Border Marriages

Moderator

Amal Mohammed Al Malki Founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

Speakers

Ayla Deniz Lecturer, Ankara University, Turkey
Dana Al Faraj Social Media Influencer, Kuwait
Mohammed Mattar Professor of Law, Qatar University
2:45 PM
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The Reality of Marriage in the time of Technology

Moderator

Hitmi Khalifa Al Hitmi Lecturer, Qatar University, Qatar

Speakers

Wee Min Lee Chairman, Focus on the Family Malaysia, Malaysia
Raian Ali Professor, College of Science and Engineering, Hamad bin
Khalifa University Syria/Qatar
Aisha Rosalie Vlogger, United Kingdom
Mariam Bahawdory President & Founder, Eshq.com, USA
3:30 PM
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Break

3:45 PM
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DIFI Report on "Long-lasting Marriages among Youth in Qatar"

Speakers

Dr. Azza AbdelmoneimDirector of Research, DIFI
4:15 PM
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Ask the Expert:

Speakers:

TBC
05:00 PM
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Break

5:15 PM
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Overcoming the Challenges of Disability and Marriage

Moderator

Akiko Ito Chief of the United Nations Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Singapore

Speakers

Khalid al Nuaimi President of the Arab Union for the Blind, Qatar
Takashi Izutsu University of Tokyo, Global Coordinator for the UNITAR - University of Tokyo Forum on Disability and the SDGs, Japan
Moussa Charafeddine President, Friends of the Disabled Association, Lebanon
Ola Abu Al Ghaib Manager - UN Partnership on Persons with Disabilities Fund at UNDP, Palestine
25 February 2021
12:00 PM
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The Future of Marriage Policies

Moderator

TBC

Speakers

Dan Anderberg Department of Economics, Centre for Household Interaction and Economics, Labour Economics and the Economics of Education, Royal Holloway University of London, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Shafi Al Hajri Associate Professor, Qatar University, Qatar
Abdul Shukur Abdullah Director General, National Population and Family Development Board of Malaysia, Malaysia
Suhaila Ghuloum Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar
12:45 PM
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Extended Families and Marital Stability

Moderator

Sheni Hamid AMAR Foundation, UK Confirmed

Speakers

Saleh al Ghadori Director of Social. Affairs Department, Executive Bureau, Council of Ministers of Labour and Social Affairs, Kuwait
Reem Abu Hassan Former Jordanian Minister of Social Development, Reem Abu Hassan, Jordan
Parveen Ali Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School Senior Lecturer, Pakistan, UK
Robinson Mose Ocharo Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Social Work, the University of Nairobi, Kenya
1:30 PM
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Break

2:00 PM
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DIFI Report on "Marital Education Programs in the Arab Region“

Speakers

Dana Al-Kahlout
Advocacy Manager, Doha International Family Institute (DIFI)
2:45 PM
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Marriage in the Time of COVID-19

Moderator

TBC

Speakers

Asma Al Attiya Lecturer of Sociology, Qatar University, Qatar
Josephine Muriuki Director for Social Development (ML&SP), Kenya
Ibrahim Al-Ansari Personal Experience and Event Entrepreneur
3:45 PM
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Marriage in Conflict and Humanitarian Settings

Moderator

Susan Karamanian Dean of College of Law, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

Speakers

Her Excellency  Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifa Al Thani Special Envoy of the Arab League Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Qatar Invited
Yafa Shanneik, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, University of Bimingham, UK University of Bimingham, UK
Najat Al Abdullah Director of the Family Affairs Department, MADLSA, Qatar
4:30 PM
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Ask the Expert

Speakers

TBC