A Day that Reflects the Importance of Family
In 1993, the UN General Assembly declared that the 15th of May should be observed as the International Day of Families. A resolution was passed to make it official. The aim of the day is to reflect the importance communities around the world attach to families. It also serves to promote awareness of family related issues and increase peoples knowledge of various impacts families can be affected by. Various themes are chosen. For example, 2017 it was “Families, education and well-being”. While in 2016 it was “Families, healthy lives and sustainable future”.
The Theme for 2018
The theme chosen for 2018 is “Families and Inclusive Societies“. The aim is to explore the role that families and family policies can play in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16. This is one of 17 goals that have been adopted by countries with the aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Goal 16 is to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.
What Activities Will be Available?
Events are organised on a local, national and international level and include workshops, seminars, meetings of public officials to discuss policies, discussions and exhibitions. Various events are also organised for children and young people. Some countries produce special toolkits to encourage people to organise different types of celebration.
The Symbol of the International Day of Families
If you want to take part in any events, look out for a solid green circle with a red image of a heart and a house.