The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), a member of Qatar Foundation, is participating in the 73rd session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland until 19 July.

DIFI participated in a closed NGO meeting and attended a discussion of the second periodic report of Qatar on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

According to DIFI Executive Director Dr Sharifa Noaman Al Emadi, women are considered to be at the centre of the evolved family that serves as the basis for society, and they consider women’s rights and empowerment at the top of their priorities. She said that DIFI has recently conducted many studies and important activities aimed at strengthening the family, and combating discrimination against women.

This year we published a study titled ‘Work-Family Balance’ based on quantitative and qualitative data that sought to investigate the challenges confronting working women and the family as a whole. One of the challenges we identified was the lack of work-family balance, and the negative effects this can have on family members, in terms of factors like health.

We are honoured to attend this conference, reaffirming our commitment to support women. Indeed, earlier in March this year, DIFI organised an event titled ‘Gender-Responsive Social Protection for Adolescent Girls to Enable Aspirations and Reach the SDGs in the Arab Region’ during the 63rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York.’

DIFI is a global policy and advocacy institute working to advance knowledge on Arab families through research and the promotion of  evidence-based polices at national, regional and international level. The institute has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

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