الاثنين 16 جمادى الاولى 1438 - 09:00 بتوقيت مكة المكرمة الموافق 13-2-2017
Jeddah, (IINA) - The Statistical, Economic and Social Research for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), an affiliate of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), released a report Wednesday on family values and marriage in OIC member states.
The report coincides with the First OIC Ministerial Conference on Marriage and Family Institution, held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and Thursday, under the theme of ‘Towards an OIC Approach to Empower the Marriage and Family Institution and Preserve its Values.’
The meeting brought together ministers of family to identify common challenges that face familial and marital union and values in member states and determine a roadmap to confront those challenges. The conference is part and parcel of OIC‘s long-breathed commitment to advance women’s status and family’s well-being in the Islamic world in line with the divine importance Islam ascribes to family and marital union.
SESRIC’s report, titled "Safeguarding Family Values and the Institution of Marriage in OIC Countries: How are Families and Marriage Changing in the New Millennium," covers a comprehensive inquiry of ongoing and emerging trends that have been influencing family and marital life and values in member states.
In examining family’s role in achieving sustainable development, the report has found some arresting results. For example, a severe decline in marriage rate runs the risk of putting societies under population replacement level. In fact, based on projection calculations, the report identifies 22 OIC countries that will be at sub-replacement level by 2050.
Delay in marriage and family formation also has political implications. Single and childless young adults are less likely to vote than those who have formed families. Moreover, young adults and adolescents with strong family ties are less likely to be lured into extremist political rhetoric and propaganda.
SESRIC’s research also demonstrates how families are connected to economic growth. The report underlines that family environment predicts early childhood development, which then predicts human development index, which then determines economic growth.
Additionally, the report demonstrates that family firms contribute to national economy significantly, and are more likely than non-family firms to promote egalitarian economic values.
The report also looks at demographic, economic, and cultural shifts that have been challenging family and marital formation. The impact of cultural shifts on family and marital life are complex. The report identifies one such cultural trend as the rise and spread of an individualist lifestyle, which promotes the false belief that starting a family by definition hinders individual happiness and achievements. This perceived clash between realizing individual needs versus the needs of family or community particularly informs the Generation-Y, born between 1981 and 2000.
The report used various data sets to examine Generation-Y’s values to provide member states with a factual understanding of what policies need to be enacted today to preserve family values in the long term.
To see the full report: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByB9UVuQyxR_bmpHXzdDMVNjNlU/view
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