International Day of Families observed with theme Families, education and well-being
The day of families seeks to reinvigorate the policies and initiatives that strengthen the family unit, which is the core building block of the society.
15 May: International Day of Families
The International Day of Families was observed on 15 May 2017 with the theme “Families, education and well-being”. The day is observed annually on 15 May to provide an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.
The year’s observance focuses on the role of families and family oriented policies in promoting the educational and overall well-being of their members. In particular, the Day is to raise awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth.
Importance of the International Day of Families
• The day is observed to highlight the importance of all caregivers in families, be it parents, grandparents or siblings and the importance of parental education for the welfare of children.
• The day also focuses on good practices for work-family balance to assist parents in their educational and caregiving roles.
• Good practices from the private sector in support of working parents, as well as youth and older persons in the workplace, are also highlighted.
Aim of the International Day of Families
The International Day of Families aims to discuss the importance of ‘knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development’ (SDG4, target 4.7).
The United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 44/82 of 9 December 1989, The General Assembly proclaimed The International Year of the Family. Later in 1993, via resolution A/RES/47/237 the world body proclaimed that the day will be celebrated annually on 15 May to reflect the importance that the international community attaches to families.
This day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.
Ratification of Minimum Age Convention & Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention approved
On the other hand, the 193 member states of the United Nations on 25 September 2015 adopted the Sustainable Development Goals and said that families and family-oriented policies and programmes are vital for achieving the 17 goals which were adopted under the goals. The 17 goals aim at eliminating poverty, discrimination, abuse and preventable deaths, address environmental destruction, and usher in an era of development for all people, everywhere.