President of Asia Pacific Forum on Families Malaysia Lectures in Osaka, Japan
On March 31, 2008, Datin Paduka Professor Jamilah Ariffin, president of the Malaysia Chapter of Asia Pacific Forum on Families (APFAM) International and adjunct professor of gender studies at the University of Malaya, lectured at the Soka Gakkai Kansai Ikeda Center in Osaka on creating a nurturing family environment that enables families to surmount psychological trauma with resilience. Speaking to an audience of Kansai Soka Gakkai women, Prof. Jamilah described "family resilience" as a relatively new construct that describes how families adapt to stress and bounce back from adversity, and said the concept is gaining popularity over "individual resilience" as a subject of research. Prof. Jamilah emphasized that being part of a nurturing and caring family and community, learning to be adaptable, feeling appreciated and understood, and having confidence and optimism are essential factors that help family members recover from psychological and emotional trauma resulting from natural disasters, family discord, illness or the loss of a loved one. Prof. Jamilah said parents are responsible for securing a happy, stable and safe environment for their children and that this responsibility extends to communities and the global society.
During her visit to Osaka, Prof. Jamilah presented SGI President Daisaku Ikeda with a commemorative plaque in recognition of his half-century commitment to peace and people's happiness and well-being, a commitment that transcends all boundaries of culture, religion, ideology and social standing and has left a lasting impact on societies throughout the world. A Kansai Soka Gakkai representative received the honor in proxy.
Asia Pacific Forum on Families Malaysia is an affiliate of APFAM International, a United Nations-recognized international voluntary organization that seeks to promote the well being of families and individuals in the Asia Pacific Region.
[Adapted from an article in the April 1, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]