Diability Protection in Work Family Balance Policies in the GCC

Project description

Work–family balance (WFB) has come to the forefront of policy discourse globally in recent years. The emergence of both the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), along with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has forced disability protection to be a major policy concern as a cross cutting theme within the WFB frameworks. Disability protection has numerous variables and indicators through research and policy analysis. This paper highlights one important aspect of disability protection; which is how the WFB policies give priority to the employed parents of children with disabilities in the GCC. In order to address an existing research gap in this area, this policy-oriented paper will provide a critical overview of institutional and legislative mapping on the situation of disability protection from a WFB perspective in the GCC, ending up by suggesting policy recommendations towards better WFB provisions for employed parents of children with disabilities. The paper will depend on some document analysis to the current legislations that govern the rights of disabled people within GCC. The methodological framework will also include the MAP approach to present the current benefits given to parents who have disabled children.


First name Last name Gender Rank Affiliated Institution Country
Ahmed Aref Male Researcher University of Bath United Kingdom

Bio: Experienced Research and Public Policy Specialist with 16 years of experience working on evidence based policy development including; research, interdisciplinary policy analysis, impact assessment, project management, advocacy and international cooperation at national, regional and international levels. Prior joining Qatar Foundation, Ahmed worked for UNFPA Regional Office; EU Program on Family and Child Rights and the Egyptian Prime Minister’s Office. His research focuses on the politics of social policies, social justice and interdisciplinary policy analysis from socio-economic perspective in the Arab region, with a particular emphasis on Gulf studies. His areas of expertise include social protection systems, resilience mechanisms, maternity protection, social inclusion/ exclusion, labour policy transformations, family policies, demography and sustainable development. He published and coauthored peer-reviewed articles, policy briefs and research reports on issues related to disability protection, social welfare system, housing and family formation/dissolution, work-family balance policies, political economy of international aid, monitoring and evaluation under humanitarian circumstances, among others. He led and contributed to the management of research, policy and advocacy programs in the aforementioned fields and participated as a speaker and panelist in numerous national, regional and international conferences and expert meetings.

Mostafa Attiah Male United Kingdom

Bio: Disabled researcher and consultant working for over 15 years in the field of disability and development, with lived experience of barriers that face disabled people to be mainstreamed. His PhD with University of Leeds is entitled “Revolutions, global development and disability politics”.



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