H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak to Improve Social Services by Setting Up a Unified Family Counselling Portal

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak to Improve Social Services by Setting Up a Unified Family Counselling Portal

UAE has announced the establishment of a unified family counselling portal, which will serve as a platform for resolving domestic issues

The UAE gives a lot of importance to family cohesion and wants to follow a global model for social cohesiveness and for preserving identity. This was shared by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation. On Saturday, 18th January, she announced that a unified family counselling portal would be set up in the UAE in order to improve social services  and give a voice to members of the diverse UAE community across social classes.

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak asked the relevant government departments to work with the General Women's Union to create high-quality social services which will help enhance social cohesion, and to find solutions to challenges threatening familial and social stability.

The family counselling portal is the latest in a series of similar initiatives launched by the UAE government, including the Cohesive Family 2021 campaign. This national campaign -- www.cohesivefamilies2021.ae -- was launched by the UAE Cabinet in 2016 to “strengthen family ties and endorse the family’s core role in preserving the identity and culture of society” via different events and activities. Under its Family Pledge system, many Emiratis pledge to extend support to family members, children and seniors and to preserve traditions. family

Similarly, a Family Cohesion Index was also established by the Ministry of Community Development, under the UAE National Charter 2021. This is “a composite indicator that measures the social bond between family members. Its main perspectives cover: relations between parents, parents' relations with children, relations among children, relations with bigger families, upbringing of new generation (a national KPI specific to UAE).”

The UAE also has separate hotlines to deal with different community issues. There are several organisations which run hotlines for reporting abuse of women and children, such as Ministry of Interior on tollfree hotline (116111), Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (800111), EWAA Shelter for Women and Children (8007283) and various others.

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.