Posted on March 05, 2019

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), a member of Qatar Foundation, will participate in a series of panel sessions held as part of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 11-22, 2019.

DIFI, in partnership with the Qatar Permanent Mission at the UN, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University, will host a side-event titled ‘Gender-Responsive Social Protection for Adolescent Girls to Enable Aspirations and Reach the SDGs in the Arab Region’ on March 18. This aims to builds on DIFI’s work on ‘Family Sensitive Social Protection (FSSP)’, the theme of its Expert Group Meeting held in June 2018 in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA).

Dr. Sharifa Noaman Al-Emad, Executive Director of DIFI, said: “The side-event aims to resume the discussion on current models of welfare and protection systems in the Arab region initiated by our study on ‘Family Sensitive Social Protection (FSSP)’, with a specific focus on adolescent girls. It will also seek to discuss the challenges faced by adolescent girls in accessing social protection in the Arab region within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. “The side-event will discuss social protection systems within the context of adolescent girls’ practical and strategic needs, and will conclude with recommendations that will serve to guide and inform subsequent programing, advocacy endeavors, evidence-based studies, and policy discussions.”

As part of DIFI’s participation, Dr. Al-Emadi will join the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs in Qatar’s delegation in New York, attending high-level meetings and panel discussions. DIFI is a global policy and advocacy institute working to advance knowledge on Arab families through research and promote evidence-based polices at a national, regional, and international level. The institute has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.