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COMMEMORATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES
25/05/15
COMMEMORATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families. The International Family Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

COMMEMORATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES

THEME: Men in charge? Gender Equality & children's right in contemporary families

The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families. The International Family Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

This Year’s theme according to the United Nations’ Secretary General is ‘Men in Charge? Gender Equality and Children’s Rights in Contemporary Families.” This theme aims to cancel out gender inequality and promote women as equal partners in the family to kill any form of discrimination to ensure a conducive environment for the full and harmonious development of children. It was inspired by a recent feminist research publication entitled “Men in Charge? Rethinking of Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition” which challenged gender discrimination and male authority from within Islamic legal tradition.

According to Ban Ki Moon, discrimination against women and disregard for children’s rights remain built into family laws and Government policies, and prevailing social norms often condone and justify many discriminatory practices. Practices such as early enforced child marriages, female gender mutilation, honour killings are amongst the worst forms done to women within their families.

Because of such treatments, some countries have formed family laws to govern family relations and protect the vulnerable family members including women, children and elders. Even with some countries eager to erase gender discrimination and make better provisions to protect children within families, urgent law reforms and policy initiatives are still needed to ensure better protection of women and children from various forms of violence and abuse.

In Botswana, the Department of Social Protection under the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has been mandated to care for these vulnerable groups and to ensure gender violence is a thing of the past. This year, the International day of Families will be celebrated in Selibe-Phikwe to sensitize the public about the importance of the family.

Through this Department and others, the Government of Botswana aims to ensure that women and children’s health and education are not threatened by any form of violence or abuse. There are Social Workers and welfare officers who have to keep a close eye on these groups and provide them with all the necessities.

As a country that respects the ‘prevention is better than cure’ saying, Botswana is very much invested in ensuring its people stay free of violence. Also because of such, Botswana has policies and Acts that protect the vulnerable groups like the Children’s

Act to ensure that their rights are protected, known and not trampled on. Elders, women and children are also held as treasures to ensure that Botswana is not a country that condones male supremacy and gender based violence. Botswana makes sure that women and children are shielded from all forms of violence and abuse. Its laws are centralized on protecting these groups.

Families provide the basic structure and support that allow children to flourish and to overcome adversity and difficulties. By supporting and creating family units, in all their varied forms, we are building the framework for a brighter future for all.

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