Doha, February 27 – A seminar organized by the Supreme Council for Family Affairs on the reality of support for persons about to enter the wedlock today focussed on plans and social policies in support of young couples, and the role of the media and its importance in guiding the community in all sectors to back the various initiatives aimed to support persons on the verge of marriage.
The seminar also discussed the various challenges faced by these initiatives, especially those related to the social aspect of customs, traditions and manifestations of traditions associated with these events.
Acting Secretary General of the Council Hamad bin Mohammed Al Fehaid Al Hajri underlined the importance of building a family, and maintaining its cohesion by various means of support, protection and care saying ” this meeting confirms our endeavours to implement Qatar National Vision 2030.”
Addressing the seminar’s opening session, Al Hajri said the Council always looks forward to strengthening the foundations and bonds of effective relations and building strategic partnerships with national institutions, civil society organizations and private sector institutions, saying this stems from the keenness of the Council on joint action and the embodiment of the importance of institutional integration in the country.
He said the seminar derives its importance from Article 21 of the Qatari Constitution which states: “The family shall be the foundation of the society. Its pillars shall be religion, morals and love for the nation. The law shall organise means of protecting the family, supporting its principles, bolstering its ties, preserving ideals of matrimony, childhood and the elderly”, explaining that the objectives of the seminar are consistent with the objectives of the overall strategy of the family in terms of deepening familial concepts among young people of both sexes. They are also consistent with the strategic objectives of the family cohesion strategy and empowerment of women, which pointed to the importance of marriage and family ties, Al Hajri said adding that the seminar is also in line with the population policy strategic objectives including encouragement of young people to marry, facilitation of marriage procedures, reducing of problems causing the delay of marriage age and reducing of the high rate of divorce and addressing its effects.
Al hajri He added that the seminar deals in general with plans and supporting policies for young couples, and awareness of the importance of supporting couples on the verge of marriage, and reviews some of the local and initiatives and regional experiences in supporting the persons about to enter the wedlock.
At the seminar’s first session, which dealt with the social context, student, Dr. Jamal Al Yafei, expert in the department of family policies at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs called, in a paper on plans and social policies in support of young couples on the verge of marriage, for preparation of a comprehensive and integrated strategic plan at the state level to support the project aimed to assist couples on the verge of marriage dealing with aspects of material support from various quarters, and offering consulting courses consulting and family guidance before and after marriage.
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