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The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) organized a seminar under the title "The Emirati Family: Reality and Hope" to discuss a variety of topics that concern the UAE society in cooperation with senior officials and specialists from the foundation.

The event, held at Al Khawaneej Majlis, was attended by HE Shaikha Saeed Al Mansouri, Acting Director-General of the DFWAC, as well as the foundation's staff and a number of community members.

The seminar looked into the changes in the Emirati family's structure, its functions, roles, dynamics, as well as challenges faced and ways to provide them with safety and protection.

The event comes as part of the Foundation's efforts to promote authentic values, foster family stability, and promote a cohesive society based on the equality of rights and obligations for all citizens.

Al Mansouri said that the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan paid utmost attention to supporting Emirati families and made every possible effort to strengthen familiy roles in driving the country's development progress.

"Sheikh Khalifa was keen to offer all forms of support to create a united community and a cohesive family. This wise vision would only inspire us to work harder to provide a better and more sustainable future for Emirati citizens, who fully trust and support their wise leadership," Al Mansouri added.

"We are committed to providing women and children with all forms of support and assistance, as well as to all family members through workshops, specialized sessions, and initiatives. The interactive session that the foundation organized in Al Khawaneej Majlis, aims to bring us closer to people’s problems and aspirations," she added.

The event, which was moderated by Ghanima Al Bahri, Care & Rehabilitation Director at DFWAC, shed light on the changes in the Emirati family's dynamic, functions, and roles.

During the gathering, the audience was asked the following questions: Has the structure of the Emirati family altered over time? Have family functions changed accordingly? Have the changes in family functions reflected on the roles both genders play?

Al Bahri also touched on the challenges that Emirati families are currently facing while posing a number of questions to the attendees, including: What are the cultural, social, and economic obstacles the Emirati family is currently facing?

Furthermore, Al Bahri discussed with the audience ways to bring Emirati families to safety, adding that Emirati families today need the solidarity of government, private institutions, and civil society in order to bring people to safety and help them build a cohesive community capable of confronting various local and global challenges.

Bahri concluded the event by asking the audience for their suggestions and recommendations on the best ways and solutions to keep families together and bring them to safety.

Source: DFWAC