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International Day of Families

Each year, May 15th is observed worldwide as the International Day of Families. In 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed this date to be an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and increase knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting families.

The United Nations Programme on the Family stresses the importance of having healthy and happy familial relationships. Families are a vital foundation of any society—and the education field recognizes the importance of families as children's first teachers.

For 2015, the theme is ''Men in charge? Gender equality and children's rights in contemporary families." The 2015 observance of the International Day of Families aims to raise awareness and mobilize support for action to ensure gender equality and rights of children within families and prevent family violence through fair family law frameworks and a variety of program interventions. Read the background note on the importance of protecting women's and children's rights within families here.

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) supports the worldwide observance of the International Day of Families by preparing background information on the family for use by governments, the United Nations, and other organizations. The UN Secretary-General will prepare a message for distribution. Visit their website for more information as this day of recognition approaches.