Conferences
  1. Second Arab conference for Family Protection from family violence (Report)
  2. World Family Summit +2
  3. Global Women’s Action Network for Children Conference
  4. Arab Regional Conference for Family Protection

 

World Family Summit +2

Summary:

The World Family Summit +2, held under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, was organized in cooperation with the World Family Organization, the Greater Amman Municipality and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

The meeting provided a global forum for interaction, dialogue and partnership between the various stakeholders: local authorities, non-governmental organizations, civil-society organizations, parliamentarians, academics, the business community, the media, families, ministers and mayors. It aimed to achieve MDGs at the local level and inside the family.

Objectives of the Conference:

  • To put include family issues in the global agenda;
  • To raise awareness of family issues among national governments, local authorities, non-governmental organizations, parliamentarians, the private sector and the families themselves;
  • To enhance the capacities of local and national institutions to identify, discuss, formulate, implement and monitor family-related policies;
  • To enhance the efficiency of local, national and regional efforts in implementing family-specific programs, creating new activities and enhancing existing ones;
  • Tp promote private-public sector partnerships to address globalization-created problems that influence and are influenced by the status of the family;
  • To further cooperation between all the stakeholders in the society and local, national and international organizations in support of the family;
  • To identify suitable means for the implementation of tangible actions.

Main Results:

  • The conference’s recommendations included: developing strategies to reach children who drop out of schools and raising children’s school enrolment and attendance rates by adopting such measures as abolishing school fees, providing conditional transport to school children, and creating health and nutrition programs for school children. The recommendations also emphasized the role of governments in this regard;
  • Activating the role of governments in supporting the empowerment of families to play their role early in the pre-basic education stage and devising parenthood awareness programs, as well as providing equitable opportunities to the rich and the poor to benefit from the education sector by guaranteeing the distribution of resources in the different schools and regions.

Participants:

The fonference was attended by 150–200 participants from all over the world, representing governments, non-governmental organizations, academia, parliaments, the civil society and the business community.

Partners:

  • World Family Organization
  • Greater Amman Municipality (financial support)
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Dates:

5–7 December 2006

 

Global Women’s Action Network for Children Conference

Summary:

The Global Women’s Action Network for Children Conference was held under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah. It was organized by the NCFA and the Save the Children Fund (USA).

The conference sought to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to maternal and infant mortalities, education for girls, and building bridges between advocates of childhood and women’s issues, leaders of all fields and the related institutions. It also aimed to create a strong and brave cross-sectoral global voice for children and women to deliver the concerns of women and children to the stakeholders who are able to effect the desired change.

The conference concluded by stressing the urgency of mobilizing the Network’s efforts in order to safeguard maternal and child health, reduce deaths, and guarantee education for girls, all of which are among the priorities of governments, leaders, investors, decision-makers and politicians throughout the World.

Objectives of the Conference:

  • To mobilize and stimulate global efforts in support of the two main issues for which the conference was held (education for girls and infant and maternal mortality rates);
  • To achieve the MDGs pertaining to women and children;
  • To build bridges between advocates of childhood and women’s issues, leaders in all fields, and the related institutions;
  • To create a strong and brave cross-sectoral global voice for children and women to deliver the concerns of women and children to the stakeholders who are able to effect the desired change.

Main Results:

  • The conference stressed the urgency of mobilizing the Network’s efforts in order to guarantee that safeguarding child and mother health, reducing maternities, and providing education for girls are among the priorities of governments, leaders, investors, decision-makers, and politicians throughout the world.

Attendants:

The conference was attended by more than 150 distinguished women representing the business community, the media and the political echelons, as well as several female Nobel laureates, leading women personalities, education and health specialists, first ladies and heads of states and governments.

Partners:

  • Safe the Children Fund, USA (technical and financial support);
  • Greater Amman Municipality (financial support).

Dates:

11–13 June 2006

 

Arab Regional Conference for Family Protection

Summary:

Based on the its objectives of providing protection and care to the family, and on the importance of exchanging experiences and information with other Arab States, the NCFA organized the first Arab Regional Conference on Family Protection. The conference, held under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania, met under the slogan “Let us work together to protect the family. It was organized in cooperation with the Public Security Directorate (Family Protection Department) and the National Family Protection Team.

The discussions focused on family violence and sought to identify the different prevention and protection priorities, as well as the ways and means for addressing domestic violence. The conferees also discussed the experiences of some states in this regard, where the Jordanian experience, based on the institutional participatory approach, was highlighted as an Arab model of collaboration and interdependence among the difference institutions involved in the prevention of, and protection against domestic violence.

During its specialized sessions and in-depth training workshops, the conference also discussed such important aspects as the role of the Shari’ah and legislation in protecting the family, where the participants gained first-hand knowledge about such technical matters as the institutional participatory approach and the role of the institutions involved in protecting the family against violence. The conferees also discussed mechanisms for exchanging experience and knowledge at the Arab regional level and contributing to the introduction of new ideas related to building on existing concepts in order to provide the required room for guaranteeing exchange or information and experience among the different states and their institutions and professionals.

The conferees were also familiarized with the experiences of some of the States participating in the meeting through the valuable and varied presentations made by the delegates. In addition, they discussed in depth certain professional aspects related to social and health workers with a view to detecting cases of abuse.

The session dedicated to dialogue about communication was a forum for the participants to send a clear message to Arab societies in general regarding their determination to fight all forms of domestic violence.

Objectives of the Conference:

  • To identify the size, forms, causes and impacts of domestic violence at the regional level.
  • To explore the social, health, legal and cultural impacts of domestic violence and encourage the creation of effective policies.
  • To explore the numerous aspects of domestic violence (detection of violence cases, case management, treatment and protection).
  • To develop a multi-sectoral institutional approach to address domestic violence.
  • To encourage a positive response by practitioners to international protocols and procedures and promote studies dealing with domestic violence, including research sponsored by the United Nations.
  • To encourage partnership and cooperation with international specialized agencies (United Nations organizations, donors, etc.).

Main Results:

  • The violence phenomenon in our societies has become an issue high on the list of national priorities of the participating States.
  • The issue of violence in our societies requires more research and studies in order to learn more about its causes and identify mechanisms for uprooting violence as an extraneous element that has no place in our culture and civilization.
  • Responsibility for violence prevention and protection is both individual and institutional and involves official and non-official institutions that play an integrative inter-connected role in protecting the abused. Security institutions play a role in protecting the abused. In the same token, the educational system has a vital role to play in providing early protection to, and rehabilitating the abused at an early age by means of mechanisms for dealing with problems and monitoring violence cases. The same applies to other institutions, e.g., legislative, health and media institutions.
  • Divine religions reject violence and distant themselves from domestic violence, which essentially is a cultural inheritance that does not harmonize with such religious teachings as tolerance, love, and clemency when angry. Indeed, domestic violence depicts rejection of religious teachings and ignorance of their purports.
  • There is an urgent need to review legislation so that they become harmonized with the requirements of protecting the family as the first building block of the society.

Participants:

The conference brought together a number of experts, professionals and specialists, including forensic physicians, psychologists, social specialists, academics, legislators, and lawmen. It was also attended by a number of officials, decision-makers, researchers, and service providers from Jordan, as well as representatives of family councils, ministries, relevant institutions, international organizations, professional networks, civil society organizations and relevant regional councils from 18 Arab States and Iran and Pakistan.

Partners:

  • Public Security Directorate (PSD)
  • Judicial Council
  • PSD —Family Protection Department
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Awqaf, Islamic Affairs and Holy Places
  • Jordan Media Center
  • Jordan River Foundation
  • Jordanian Women’s Union
  • Family Guidance and Awareness Center
  • National Center for Human Rights
  • Department for International Development (UK) (financial support)
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (financial support)
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (financial support)
  • Danish Foreign Ministry (financial support)
  • World Health Organization (financial support)
  • MicroSoft (financial support)

Dates:

13–15 December 2005

 

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