IFHE Region of Europe

Event: Exclusive Brown Bag Webinar / May

Date and time: May 14th 12.00 -12.45 CET.

Topic: Impact of the COVID 19 Pandemic on European Families and Children

Presenter: Dr. Anis Ben Brik, Associate Professor , Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

Drawing from a global project on the impact of the pandemic on family life across culture conducted in 72 countries around the world, spanning every continent, the webinar will present and discuss the results of 23 European countries on topics ranging from parents and children mental health, relationship satisfaction, parenting, gender roles and family policies, for instance. The data constitute a unique opportunity to gain a truly global understanding of how COVID-19 has influence families as well as a lever for understanding implications for policymakers. 

The Impact of the Pandemic on Family Life Across Cultures is an international research study led by Dr. Anis Ben Brik, associate Professor at Hamad Bin Khalifa University College of Public Policy in Qatar in collaboration with twenty-eight international researchers and experts in partnership with 21 organizations. The aims of the study are wide-reaching and of great potential value to all families and agencies concerned with their thriving: to track the pattern of the symptoms, causes and risk factors of mental health in parents; to understand the experiences, coping skills and mechanisms of parents under pandemic conditions; to identify parents’ needs, and to use this evidence to inform the design of policy and support for families in the future. Such aims reveal a strong understanding and recognition of the foundational role of parents in providing secure, stable and healthy home environments for their children. 

IFHE is a key partner in the project, along with many other universities, civil society organizations and United Nation Department of Economic and Social Development.

The goal of the webinar is to bring together civil society organizations, academia and UN entities to discuss the European results of the study on the impact of COVID 19 pandemic on family life. The meeting will provide an opportunity to highlight the important role of the family in achieving sustainable and inclusive societies. It will also allow to facilitate exchanges and collaboration amongst various stakeholders, identify and discuss challenges and family policies amid the pandemic.

Signup for the webinar: https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5cpcemqrTMvHtAmJ11LUuV2PvaQb7IGj2xc