International Day of Families is an annual event observed on May 15 to spread the importance of families, promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.
Observed on: May 15
Organized by: UN
Introduced in: 1993
About International Day of Families
Every year May 15 is observed as International Day of Families. This UN Day is observed to spread the importance of families, promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.
In 1993 United Nations General Assembly proclaimed to observe every year May 15 as International Day of Families.
Activities and Programs on International Day of Families
Many programs and events are conducted across the world by different communities. NGOs, companies, religious organizations, local bodies, etc. are conducting different programs to mark this day. The programs include seminars, exhibitions, workshops, discussions, family get-together, etc.
The day is celebrated with an aim to discuss on various factors and importance of family in sustainable development of society. The day also emphasize on practices to maintain a balance in work and life of parents.
Spending time together in families is important in the celebration. Families can arrange programs which aims to spend time together on this day.
Theme for International Day of Families
International Day of Families 2020 Theme is “Families in Development: Copenhagen & Beijing + 25“
International Day of Families 2019 Theme was “Families and Climate Action: Focus on SDG13”
2018 Theme for Families Day was “Families and inclusive societies“
2017 Theme: Families, education and well-being
2016 Theme: Families, healthy lives and sustainable future
2015 Theme: Men in charge? Gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families
2014 Theme: Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals; International Year of the Family + 20
2013 Theme: Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity
2012 Theme: Ensuring work family balance
2011 Theme: Confronting Family Poverty and Social Exclusion
2010 Theme: The impact of migration on families around the world
2009 Theme: Mothers and Families: Challenges in a Changing World
2008 Theme: Fathers and Families: Responsibilities and Challenges
2007 Theme: Families and Persons with Disabilities
2006 Theme: Changing Families: Challenges and Opportunities
2005 Theme: HIV/AIDS and Family Well-being
2004 Theme: The Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of the Family: A Framework spacer for Action
2003 Theme: Preparations for the observance of the Tenth Anniversary of the International spacer Year spacer of the Family in 2004
2002 Theme: Families and Ageing: Opportunities and Challenges
2001 Theme: Families and Volunteers: Building Social Cohesion
2000 Theme: Families: Agents and Beneficiaries of Development
1999 Theme: Families for all ages
1998 Theme: Families: Educators and Providers of Human Rights
1997 Theme: Building Families Based on Partnership
1996 Theme: Families: First Victims of Poverty and Homelessness