The 2015 observance of the International Day of Families aimed to raise awareness and mobilize support for action to ensure gender equality and rights of children within families and prevent family violence through fair family law frameworks and a variety of programme interventions.
The observance featured an expert panel discussion focusing on the following topics:
- Changing families and the need for policy response.
- Access to justice in family laws.
- Gender equality & women and girls empowerment in family laws.
- Children’s rights in family laws.
- Regional perspectives on gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families.
- Family laws and family policy development.
- Prevention of violence in families & communities.
Expert presentations were followed by discussion with audience participation. The event was open to the public and targeted civil society, Permanent Missions, academics and practitioners as well as private sector representatives.
Patrick Parkinson Professor of Law, University of Sydney, Australia
Frank Furstenberg Zellerbach Family Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, Changing families around the world: The American family in a global context
Marwa Sharafaldin Women’s rights activist & Board Member Musawah (The Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family) International Advisory Group Gender and equality in Muslim family law
Fareda Banda Professor of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS),University of London Gender equality and children’s rights in family laws: An African perspective
Srimati Basu Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky Family violence prevention in South Asia with a focus on India
ForPeople campaign in May
United Nations DESA Division for Social Policy and Development has also launched an unprecedented campaign on this occassion, with different media:
The four messages included are:
- As basic and essential building blocks of societies, families are agents of development and play a major role in the achievement of developmental goals.
- Gender equality starts in families with equal treatment of boys and girls.
- Studies have shown that the very success of poverty alleviation programmes depends on the extent to which they have been focusing on families and incorporate internal family dynamics.
- Formal education and informal sources of influence, including media, play a critical role in constructing and maintaining social norms and attitudes, including regarding the roles of fathers in the lives of the children.
The Director of the United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs shares the message of the International Day for Families around the world!