Monday, April 30, 2018
The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. Despite the fact that families all over the world have transformed greatly over the past decades as a result of global trends and demographic changes, the United Nations still recognizes the family as the basic unit of society. The struggle is about the family structure. The UN administration wants all countries to recognize the same value to a family built on the relationship between a woman and a man and those built on the relationship between two men or two women. And this, sometimes is against the country culture and will.

The International Day of Families, in any  case, provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting them. It can inspire a series of awareness-raising events, including national family days. In many countries, this day is an opportunity to highlight different areas of interest and importance to families. Activities include workshops and conferences, radio and television programs, newspaper articles and cultural programs. This year’s observance should explore the role of families and family policies in advancing Sustainable Development Goal 16 in terms of promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.  The Day can also offer the opportunity  to discuss the importance of ‘knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, 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). See the UN web page.