Country Qatar
Year 2008
Type of Measure Education > Formal education
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description

The topic of violence against women is tackled directly in Family Education syllabus in the education system through a discussion of various aspects of family life, including the following:

  • Ethics, including such themes as understanding life and its purposes; defining ethical behaviour; how to combat discrimination and racism; practising the value of respect for others and their humanity; and cultivating a spirit of self-discipline and responsibility;
  • The sociocultural perspective, which includes relations between individuals and groups; effective and constructive dialogue based on respect for contrasting opinions; acceptance of human difference; and acceptance of the changing roles and expectations of men and women in Qatari society;
  • The physical perspective, which focuses on the need to preserve bodily health and prevent physical assault;
  • The spiritual perspective, which stresses that women and men are partners and enjoy the same rights;
  • The gender perspective, which includes conflict resolution; causes and ways of addressing marital violence; how to cope with conflict, divorce and their consequences; and the causes of and approaches to other aspects of family violence. Students learn about the Islamic prohibition on all forms of assault and, in particular, gender-based assault. They gain an understanding of the consequences of assault in this world and the afterlife, and become acquainted with Islamic teaching on those issues;
  • The emotional perspective, including self-confidence, self-restraint and empathy. Students learn about causes and effects of stress, and ways to cope with it.

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Qatar to the questionnaire on violence against women, 2008