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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

International Day of Families 2015, May 15

International Day of Families‬, 15 May‬.
‪‎Día Internacional de la Familia‬, 15 de mayo‬.
‪‎Journée Internationale des familles‬, 15 mai‬.

 اليوم الدولي للأسر - 15 مايو

2015 Theme: Men in Charge? Gender Equality and Children’s Rights in Contemporary Families.
Lema de 2015: ¿ ¿Los hombres a cargo? Igualdad de género y derechos de los niños en las familias contemporáneas.
Тема Дня 2015 года «Ответственность мужчин».
Thème 2015 : « Les hommes en charge ? Égalité des sexes et droits des enfants au sein des familles contemporaines ».
 موضوع عام 2015: هل إعالة الأسرة حكر على الرجل؟ المساواة بين الجنسين وحقوق الطفل في الأسرة الحديثة

The theme of this year’s International Day of Families – “Men in Charge?”highlights the importance of gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families.
Around the world, more women are becoming recognized as the equal partners and decision-makers in families that they should be, thus helping to ensure a conducive environment for the full and harmonious development of children.
Yet in too many countries, discrimination against women and disregard for children’s rights remain built into family laws and Government policies, and prevailing social norms often condone and justify many discriminatory practices. 
The social and economic costs are felt by all.  Discrimination and neglect often lead to violence, threatening women’s and children’s health and limiting their chances to complete education and fulfil their potential.  The cycle tends to continue into the next generation, as children experiencing violence are more likely to resort to violence in their adult lives.
Equitable social and economic development depends on fair legal frameworks and social norms that support the rights of women and children.  Discriminatory laws and practices that do not give equal rights to all, and that suppress women’s and children’s rights, have no place in contemporary families, communities, societies and nations.
On this International Day, let us resolve to change legal and social norms that support male control over women, reinforce discrimination and prevent the elimination of violence against vulnerable family members.  As we shape a new sustainable development agenda and strive for a world of dignity for all, let us stand united for women’s and children’s rights in families and societies at large.

Ban Ki-moon

 The annual observance of the International Day of Families reflects the importance the international community attaches to families and is an opportunity to demonstrate support to families. Governments, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and individuals are encouraged to organize observances of the Day to raise awareness of issues relating to families and increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. Such observances can promote a better understanding of the functions, strengths and needs of families.

 EVENTS : 2015 observance held in New York.

Panel discussion on “Men in Charge? Gender Equality and Children’s Rights in Contemporary Families”
On the occasion of the International Day of Families (15 May)
Organized by the Division for Social Policy and Development, Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)


Friday, 15 May, 2015, 1:15-2:45 UN HQ New York Conference Room 12
Draft Programme
Moderator: 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”

    The event is open to the public, members of civil society, UN Permanent Missions, academics and practitioners as well as private sector representatives. Special passes will be secured for those without a valid UN ID. For further information please contact Ms. Renata Kaczmarska, Focal Point on the Family, DPSD/DESA at, tel. 1 212 963 4596.

The 2015 observance of the International Day of Families aims to promote gender equality and rights of children within families. It will also highlight prevention of family violence through fair family law frameworks and a variety of programme interventions.
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