Dr. Al-Kuwari: Any imbalances affecting the elderly group may disrupt the whole life system
Al Khalifa: The celebration expresses solidarity towards further work to improve the services provided to the elderly
Doha: 1 October 2019
On the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons, the National Human Rights Committee and the Center for Elderly Empowerment and care of the Elderly (Ihsan) organized a seminar on the rights of the elderly in the State of Qatar.
In his opening speech, Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al-Kuwari, Vice-Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee, praised the approval by the State leadership on August 16, 2019, of the Council of Ministers Resolution No. 26 of 2019 establishing the National Committee on Women, Children, the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities. Al-Kuwari said: “We, the National Human Rights Committee consider this decision as an extension of the promotion of the rights of the most vulnerable groups, including the elderly, describing the decision as an important and positive indicator for the protection and protection of human rights in general. Al Kuwari said: we commend this decision, and emphasize the need to expedite its activation and turning it into reality to support the human rights march in the State of Qatar
Al-Kuwari added: “Our sensitivity to the social importance, religious awareness and tradition that we have inherited from generation to generation, along with international recognition of the value of the elderly, make us face great challenges in fulfilling our obligations towards the elderly, pointing out that attention to the elderly comes within the framework of maintaining the social structure, stressing at the same time that any imbalances affecting the category of older people would disturb the entire system of life.”
In the context of the human rights achievements of the State of Qatar in protecting the rights of the elderly, Al-Kuwari addressed the prominent role played by the Center for Empowerment and care of the Elderly (Ihsan) and said: There are great services provided by the Center and high-level service programs to the elderly. “We commend the growing role played by Ihsan in the process of promoting recognition of the role of older people and their contribution to the development of society; we should not fail to mention some of the challenges faced by the Center,” Al Kuwari added.
For his part, Mr. Mubarak bin Abdul Aziz Al Khalifa, Executive Director of the Center for Empowerment and care of the Elderly, Ihsan and NHRC, through this seminar, Monitor the human rights situation of the elderly in the State of Qatar with the aim to enhance the opportunities to realise the rights to serve the elderly, in the light of the second National Development Strategy ( 2018 – 2022).
Al-Khalifa described the efforts made by the Ihsan Center in empowering and caring for the elderly as it meets among the lofty goals and objectives that keep pace with the ethics and religious teachings. He said: These goals make us confident – God willing – of the success of our projects and events, and stressed that the seminar succeeded in shedding light on the human rights situation of the elderly in the Qatari society, and promote the opportunities of the rights of the elderly and enable them to live a social welfare.
Al Kuwari added: We celebrate the International Day of Older Persons and = express our solidarity with more work and strive to improve the services provided to the elderly in the State and their participation, pointing out that the celebration of the International Day of Older Persons began in 1991 as a kind of global solidarity towards highlighting the issues of the elderly, and promoting their social rights. Al Kuwari explained that the seminar aimed to raise awareness of the rights of the elderly and their needs and discuss issues related to their rights with specialists. It also addresses the role of Ihsan Center to achieve community partnership with the bodies of common competence, including the National Human Rights Committee to highlight the human rights situation of the eldery.
The seminar included many working papers in two working sessions, the first session entitled “The rights of the elderly in the Qatari society”, during which Mrs. Ghada Al-Subaie and Ms. Asma Al-Hajjaji from the Qatar Foundation for Social Work presented a working paper entitled (Demographic Transformation in Qatari Society). Ms. Rania Fouad, legal expert at the National Human Rights Committee presented a working paper entitled (Rights of the elderly under international human rights norms and conventions and their preservation within the family and society). In the second working session, which was opened by Mr. Nayef Al-Shammari, Legal Researcher at the National Human Rights Committee, Ms. Najla Al-Khulaifi and Ms. Munira Al-Sada from the Statistics and Planning Authority presented a working paper entitled (Rights of Older Persons in the Second National Development Strategy for Qatar 2018-2022). ). Dr. Hanadi Al-Hamad from the Ministry of Health also presented a working paper entitled (Rights of the elderly in the second national health strategy (2018-2022).
It is worth mentioning that the Center for Empowerment and care of the Elderly, one of the centers under the umbrella of the Qatar Foundation for Social Action has launched an awareness campaign and several events in conjunction with the International Day of Older Persons under the title (their presence is different), with the aim to recognize contributions and achievements In response to the UN call to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons on the first of October each year. the activities of the Ihsan Center also include an educational video presentation in an interesting and entertaining way targeting children in order to train them on the skills of dealing with the elderly. The Center issued the fifth edition of the series Ihsan Awareness series entitled stories and tales include skills to deal with the elderly, which will be distributed to institutions, bodies and the general public in order to provide the reader with skills to deal with the elderly. The center also produced USB flash drivers that include materials about the role of the elderly in the family with the aim of educating the public about the importance of caring for the elderly in its surroundings and emphasizing the importance of the role of the elderly in his family.