In cooperation with the Supreme Judge Department, NCFA organized a workshop titled " "Elderly protection and care: Legislative framework and practical application"- Sharia Judiciary as a model".
During the workshop, Chief Islamic Justice Dr. Abdul Kareem Al-Khasawneh highlighted that protecting and taking care for parents is prescribed by all divine religions, noting that Islam places special emphasis on the elderly in general and children in particular and gives great importance to taking care of their affairs and psychological, health and financial needs.
NCFA Secretary-General Fadel Al-Hmoud shed light on the National Strategy for Senior Citizens and its executive plan for the years (2018-2022) which is inspired by the divine teachings and the social norms and culture that call for respect for old age and the enactment of legislation that guarantee their rights. He also emphasized the importance of the workshop as it draws attention to Article (197) of the Personal Status Law.
Head of the Judicial Institute Dr. Mansour At-Tawalbah underscored the importance of raising the awareness of care-providers on the provisions of the aforementioned law and the legislative system that protects the rights of this age category, noting that the Supreme Judge Department and its bodies (Public Prosecutor's Office, Family Reconciliation and the courts) are in full readiness to provide services in this regard.
Judge Ashraf Omari, an advisor to the Supreme Judge, indicated that the legislative framework for all provisions on ageing in the Personal Status Law has concentrated on the physical and moral aspects from a holistic point of view, placing elderly maintenance at the center of it, saying that "the law has focused on housing parents in a separate house or in one of the family members houses in recognition and due observance to the rights of this particular age group."
It is to be noted that the updated National Strategy for Senior Citizens 2017 showed that, according to Department of Statistics' data, the number of senior citizens over sixty in Jordan for the year 2015 reached 518757, of which 49.1% are females and 50.9% males, and that the percentage of elderly in Jordan accounts to 5.4% according to 2015 Censes whereas the percentage of those over 65 reached around 3.7%.