The Qatar Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children
Type of measure: Other institutional mechanism
Form of violence: Violence against women in general
Level of government: National
The Qatar Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children was a private foundation that was established on 31 November 2002, in accordance with Law No. 8 of 1998 on private associations, by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Misnad, Consort of His Highness the Amir, in her capacity as President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs. It became a public welfare institution pursuant to decision No. 4 of 2007, issued by Her Highness the President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs. Its headquarters was registered and established by decree No. 5 of 2003 of the Minister of Civil Service Affairs and Housing. The Foundation has a governing board and an executive director. It undertakes numerous activities to prevent and address violence against women.
The Qatar Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children has liaison officers in all ministries, agencies or institutions involved in the protection of women and children, who are responsible for following up cases referred to them by the Foundation, providing suitable facilities and taking the necessary measures, in cooperation and coordination with the relevant parties. There are currently 42 such officers.
Both the Qatar Foundation to Combat Human Trafficking and the Qatar Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children cooperate with religious institutions affiliated with the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs in order to encourage the public to reject violence against women, in compliance with the teachings of the Islamic sharia.
The Qatar Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children works with Qatari newspapers, magazines, radio and television in order to publicize its goals, and provides them with information on its activities and programmes and promotional materials. With a view to promoting a culture of protection and informing the public about its role and activities, the Foundation publishes a quarterly magazine entitled Aman. It also produces radio and television spots on the goals of the Foundation and the services and activities it offers to targeted groups.
The Qatar Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children took part in a training workshop on the protection of children from violence and aspects of Child Helpline organized by the Secretariat of the League of Arab States, Department of the Family and Children, at League headquarters in Egypt.
collaboration with NGOs/CSOs | collaboration with religious/cultural organisations | government officials
Evaluation: No known evaluation undertaken to date.
Sources of information:
Response of the Government of Qatar to the questionnaire on violence against women, 2008
Date information on this measure was last updated: 07-21-2009