DIFI participates in the 63rd Session of the Commission of the Status of Women

Time: Mar 18, 2019
Location: United Nations HQ

DIFI concluded its side event on ‘Gender-Responsive Social Protection for Adolescent Girls to Enable Aspirations and Reach the SDGs in the Arab Region’ sidelines of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63), which was held at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York from the (11 – 22) Mar 2019.

The panel – held on the 18th Mar 2019- was 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 – was a continuation of DIFI’s study on ‘Family Sensitive Social Protection (FSSP)’ and DIFI’s expert meeting held in Doha last year.

It aimed to further the discussion on current models of welfare and protection systems in the Arab region with specific focus on adolescent girls, shedding light on protection systems in terms of the extent to which they respond to adolescent girls’ practical and strategic needs and tackle issues related limited autonomy, lack of voice, and agency.

The opening of the event included introductory remarks from Her Excellency Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, and Mr. Omar Abdi, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF. Moderated by Dr. Shreyasi Jha, Senior Gender Advisor at the UNICEF, panelists included Mr. Atif Khurshid, Policy Specialist, Social Protection, Social Policy and Inclusion, UNICEF; Dr. Lina Abirafeh, Executive Director, the Arab Institute for Women, Lebanese American University; and Dr. Hala Al Ahmadi, Senior Policy Analyst, DIFI.

DIFI’s side-event focused on the role of protection systems in advancing adolescent girls’ education and promoting the psychosocial health of adolescent girls in a changing world and environments. It also proposed a model of gender responsive protection policies and programs to empower adolescent girls, as well as recommendations for a social protection system.

In addition to DIFI’s main event at the 63rd Session of the Commission of the Status of Women, Dr. Sharifa Al-Emadi joint a high level delegation from the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs in Qatar’s in participating at high-level meetings and panel discussions:

  • Meeting with the Secretary-General of the United Nations and civil society
  • Session on “Gender & Adolescent-Responsive Social Protection: Unleashing the potential for social protections for adolescent girls & women” organized by @UNICEF and @UKaid.
  • Session on “The Role of Institution of Family For Sustainable Social Protection” session organized the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations.
  • Session on “Comprehensive response to violence against women in Palestine: Costing violence against women” by Mission to the United Nations, ESCWA and UN Women.

For main event pictures click here

For press release click here

For non-DIFI sessions photos click here

For Event Agenda click here


The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), in partnership with the Qatar Mission to the UN Office in Geneva and the Ministry of Social Development and Family , organized a high-level side-event on “Family Protection in the Context of the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: From Words to Actions” in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
See More

Our discussion with Dr. Ayesha Al-Qahtani about “The role of the father in instilling language, values, and religion in children.”
See More

11th plenary meeting – 62nd Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD62): The Influence of Digital Transformation on Inclusive Growth and Development: A Path to Achieving Social Justice.
See More

DIFI and HBKU collaborate to address values that are both changing and constant within Muslim families
See More
Research Grant

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) has launched the OSRA research grant in its sixth cycle which is a research grant on Arab families and family policy related issues.

Find Out More