UN: UN marks Int'l Day of Families, stresses need for gender equality, children's rights

New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day of Families on Friday, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it is time to change social norms that support
male control over women and reinforce discrimination against vulnerable family members.

In a UN statement issued in New York, Ban said that equitable social and economic
development depends on fair legal frameworks that support the rights of women and

"Discriminatory laws and practices that do not give equal rights to all, and that suppress women's and children's rights, have no place in contemporary families, communities, societies and nations," he emphasized.

He noted that discrimination and neglect often leads to violence, threatening women's and children's health and limiting their chances to complete education and fulfill their potential.

Ban went on: "This cycle tends to continue into the next generation, as children experiencing
violence are more likely to resort to violence in their adult lives.

"In too many countries, 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.

"On this Day, let us resolve to change legal and social norms that support male control over women, reinforce discrimination and prevent the elimination of violence against vulnerable family members.

"As we shape a new sustainable development agenda and strive for a world of dignity for all, let us stand united for women's and children's rights in families and societies at large," he said.

Marked worldwide on 15 May, the theme of this year's International Day of Families is: "Men in Charge?", and it highlights the importance of gender equality and children's rights in contemporary families as more and more women are recognized as equal partners and decision-makers.

The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993, reflecting the importance the international community attaches to families.

Also, the Day has inspired a series of awareness-raising events, including national family days. In many countries, the occasion is an opportunity to highlight different areas of interest and importance to families.
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