International Day of Families

9 December 1989 marks the date on which the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the International Year of Families, which is celebrated every 15 May with well-defined goals.

One of them is to spread greater global awarenessabout social, economic and demographic processes affecting families around the world“.

One family, many families

The structure of families continues to change based on the very social events and changes that, since Covid 19, have led to a greater awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of families composed of parents and more than one child.

The family has always been our first society, the place that should be safe and the first step towards building our identity.

Nowadays, referring to only one type of family is not only wrong but also outdated and disrespectful of the principles of inclusion, respect and democracy.

Not only one kind of family

Families and women’s employment

However, when it comes to families, the data on women’s employment is embarrassing, revealing that around 89% of countries around the world have no maternity leave, a percentage that reaches peaks that are incomprehensible, to say the least, when it comes to “paternity leave” (source

Furthermore, the increased use of digitalisation and so-called smart working, while it has increased employment opportunities in general, has also increased the pressure of family management on women’s shoulders.

In other words, it is taken for granted that when it comes to families, there is no need to worry legislatively about whether things are going in the right direction or not, but today, considering the rights of girls and boys as well as respect for the members of all kinds of families, regardless of race, religion, education, cultural level, sex and gender, is more urgent than ever.