Why Attend the Conference


Join 18 interactive discussions covering a wide range of topics on marriage

Hear from 61 renowned thought leaders and public figures from around the world

Engage with subject matter experts in the “Ask the Expert” sessions

Book a private consultation with a counselor in our “Safe Space”

Network and debate with peers in the virtual lounge during the “Coffee Conversation”


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.


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


Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani

Her Majesty Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed

Her Excellency Sumeyye Erdogan Bayraktar

Kevin Skinner

Bouchra Tawfiq

Luay Shabaneh

Her Excellency Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifa Al Thani


Pre-Conference Workshops