H. E. Ms. Katalin Novák
Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs,
Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary
H. E. Ms. Ana Helena Chacón
Vice President of the Republic of Costa Rica
H. E. Ms. Joanna Wronecka
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Poland to the UN
Ms. Daniela Bas
Director, Division for Social Policy and Development
UN Department of Social Affairs (DESA)
Mr. Ignacio Socías
Director of International Relations
International Federation for Family Development (IFFD)
Ms. Katalin Kardosné Gyurkó
National Association of Large Families, Hungary
Several social groups that are in the focus of the Commission on Social Development – youth, families, ageing persons and persons with disabilities – often face additional challenges when it comes to fighting poverty, having access to decent work, and thus economic empowerment and social development.
Women should be given special attention in this regard: paid parental leave and the re-integration of mothers into the labor market, well-designed social benefit systems and quality, personalised and affordable childcare services, among others, are key not only in ensuring women’s empowerment, but also the wellbeing of the extended family and the new generation.
The panel discussion will present and discuss social policies, including family policies and best practices that are designed to alleviate poverty and provide better outcomes for all family members, including balancing work and family commitments, valuing unpaid care and domestic work, increasing the participation of parents in the labor market and providing for more options concerning childcare, elderly care and quality education, among others.
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