In today’s dynamic world that is grappled with various issues such as gender, livelihood, healthcare, education safety and security, sanitation and human and child rights, it becomes crucial to address the challenges that a family faces. The United Nations started focusing on these challenges during the 80’s and enhancing awareness among nations for addressing the needs of the families through effective ways. Families play a crucial role in achieving the social development targets. In the year 1989 the UNGA passed a resolution proclaiming the year as International Year of the Family, observing that its concentration should be at the local, regional and national levels. The move was a means to improve the status and well-being of the families and intensifying the co-operation levels among the international community to advance social progress, growth and development.
Further progress was made when in 1994, UNGA passed a resolution proclaiming to observe 15th May as International Day of Families every year. This day provides everyone with the opportunity to introspect and promote awareness of the issues pertaining to families and to increase the knowledge of the factors affecting social, economic and demographic processes. Fiinovation, a research organization, working in the social development sector understands the importance of inclusive development which cannot happen until the issues affecting the families are addressed. This year the theme is ‘Men in Charge?’ which highlights the significance of gender equality and children’s rights in modern families.
Today, across the world, efforts are on to ensure women are being recognized as equal partners and decision makers in the family. This not only promotes a favourable environment for the empowerment of women but also development of children. Discrimination against women and children are still built into family laws and government policies which have social and economical costs attached to them. This also leads to violence and threatens health of women and children, limiting their overall development.
Like all other nations, India also needs to focus on social and economic framework that supports the rights of women and children. The laws, rules, morals and policies that discriminate against a specific gender do not have any place in contemporary families, communities, societies and nations. Therefore, Fiinovation urges governments, corporations, societies and individuals to change the legal and social norms that support male domination over women. As we are moving towards completion of MDGs and adopting SDGs, let us all strive towards a world of dignity for all.
Let us all stand united for the development of families and people at large.
“A family is like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.”
By – Rahul Choudhury
Media and Communication – Fiinovation