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.
2015 observance held in New York
Panel Discussion: “Men in Charge? Gender Equality and Children’s Rights in Contemporary Families”
Friday, 15 May, 2015, 1:15-2:45 UN HQ New York Conference Room 12
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 1 212 963 4596.