20th Anniversary of International Year of Family

International Day of the Families is celebrated on 15 May on the global platform. It is celebrated every year to create awareness about the importance of families among people in modern times. These days, people are switching more towards solitary and independent mode of lifestyle and are rather moving away from the beautiful institution of society called “Family".

International Day of Families!

Various programs are organized all over the world to commemorate the day by planning different workshops, seminars and policy meetings for public officials and exhibitions. All programs are supported by United Nations - Division for Social Policy and Development. Different campaigns are also launched on International Day of Families to fortify and support family units.

May 15 has been celebrated as International Day of the Families since 1995. The year 1994 was declared as International year of families by United Nations.

Every Year s Theme for this Day:
  •     2014: Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals; International Year of the Family + 20
  •     2013: Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity
  •     2012: "Ensuring Work-Family Balance" 
  •     2011: "Confronting Family Poverty and Social Exclusion" 
  •     2010: "The impact of migration on families around the world"   
  •     2009: "Mothers and Families: Challenges in a Changing World" 
  •     2008: "Fathers and Families: Responsibilities and Challenges"  
  •     2007: "Families and Persons with Disabilities"   
  •     2006: "Changing Families: Challenges and Opportunities"
  •     2005: "HIV/AIDS and Family Well-being" 
  •     2004: "The Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of the Family: A Framework for Action"
  •    2003: "Preparations for the observance of the Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of  the   Family  in 2004" 
  •     2002:  "Families and Ageing: Opportunities and Challenges"
  •     2001: "Families and Volunteers: Building Social Cohesion"
  •     2000: "Families: Agents and Beneficiaries of Development"
  •     1999: "Families for all ages"
  •     1998: "Families: Educators and Providers of Human Rights"  
  •     1997: "Building Families Based on Partnership    
  •     1996: "Families: First Victims of Poverty and Homelessness"

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