UAE National Charter 2021
The UAE Government firmly believes in the family system and that it is the nucleus of the society. It gives a lot of importance to building a strong familial system and undertakes many measures towards this.
According to UAE National Charter 2021, cohesive and prosperous families will form the cornerstones of the UAE's society, embracing the traditional values of marriage, continuing to empower women and maintaining close ties between family members. The charter emphasises that:
- Marriage among Emiratis is a vibrant facet of the UAE's culture and families are the guardians of the Emirati values
- Dialogue among children, parents and grand-parents must remain strong
- Elders will maintain their respected place within Emirati families and society
- Respect for Emirati traditions will support the emerging role of women empowerment in all spheres
- Women will be protected against all forms of discrimination at work and in society.
Family Cohesion Index
Family Cohesion Index is a composite indicator that measures the social bond between family members. The index covers:
- relations between parents
- parents' relations with children
- relations among children
- relations with bigger families
- upbringing of new generation (NKPI specific to UAE)
The 2013 Index was 86.4 per cent. The UAE aims to achieve 100 per cent by 2021.
The 'Cohesive Family 2021' campaign
The UAE Cabinet launched a national campaign titled 'Cohesive Family 2021' to strengthen family ties and endorse the family's core role in preserving the identity and culture of society. The campaign aims to involve children, parents and other members of the community.
Cohesive Family 2021 is one of the main pillars of National Programme for Government Communication (NPGC) guided by National Agenda and Vision 2021. The campaign plans a number of cultural activities and events; 'The Family Pledge' being the most important among them. Family Pledge is an online form which asks Emiratis to support family members and traditions, inspire children and honour the roles of seniors by signing an online pledge form. People are also asked to take part by using the hashtag #CohesiveFamilies2021 on social media.
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Updated on 19 Sep 2018