On Monday, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan chaired the annual Board of Trustees meeting of the National Council for Family Affairs (NCFA) at the Royal Court compound in Jordan.
Established by Queen Rania in July 2001, the National Council for Family Affairs aims to help all Jordanian families achieve a decent standard of stability and well being. The annual meeting is a chance for all members of the Board of Trustees to come together and discuss achievements to date and plans of action for both short-term and long-term aims.
In this year’s meeting, one of Her Majesty’s key focuses was domestic violence. In addition to stressing the importance of activating the royally decreed Domestic Violence Protection Law, Her Majesty also inquired about the progress and implementation process of an initiative to allow her to meet with victims of child abuse by video conference.
Council Secretary General, Mr Fadel Al Homoud, also underscored the importance of awareness meetings in order to raise the profile of the Domestic Violence Protection Law and create a framework to facilitate training for those responsible for the law’s application.
The trustees also discussed how best to get all concerned parties to abide by the National Framework and the necessity of collaboration from all stakeholders in all matters of family welfare. This includes implementing family counselling programmes with adequately trained counsellors at their head.
Her Majesty also discussed the important subject of early childhood development and the current need to improve the Kindergarten Criteria set by the council. The National Strategy for Human Resources Development has decreed measures targeting this crucial stage of development, and so, now is the time to make changes to align the NCFA’s Kindergarten Criteria.
From Her Majesty’s official website:
“The NCFA is mandated to work as an ‘umbrella’ organisation and as a coordinating body for relevant governmental and non-governmental agencies in the field of human and social development and family affairs. The Council is actively involved in building constructive relationships with all relevant actors in order to ensure a better quality of life for Jordanian families.”