Supporting families for peace building

16.05.19

UNESCO - On the occasion of the International Day of Families, MMM joined forces with other NGOs in partnership with UNESCO to reaffirm the essential role of families for social cohesion, economic development.and ultimately peace.

Because of their role in education, protection, health and socialization, families are the basic cells of society. The family, as a recognized institution in all sectors, strives to provide support from birth to the end of life, educating and protecting the most vulnerable.

Stability and solidarity within family units are the keys to a balanced development of the human being. This role is particularly crucial during the first three years of children’s lives, to ensure their full cognitive, emotional, physical and social development.

Still, in a context of rapidly changing societies, families, especially single-parent families, are increasingly finding themselves in vulnerable situations. They, therefore, need the support of States to protect parents and the rights of children and adolescents.

In the context of economic, environmental and social development, family-centered policies have proven effective. The success of the Sustainable Development Goals is intrinsically linked to the role of families as active agents of personal, social and cultural change.

On this basis, MMM and other NGO signatories to the statement below call on UNESCO Member States to implement policies to improve families’ access to sustainable living conditions. to avoid situations of neglect or violence, and to recognize their role in social cohesion and economic development.

The statement, prepared by MMM and a coalition of NGO partners of UNESCO, also makes a number of recommendations. It was distributed to the Member States and sent to the Director-General of UNESCO on 15 June 2019 on the occasion of International Family Day.

Read the Statement

Gabrielle de Milleville, Representative of Make Mothers Matter to UNESCO, with Marie-Claude Machon, Permanent Representative of BWP International to UNESCO and President of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

 

Most read articles

Mothers march with a pen

20.11.19

Our education campaign launches at the London School of Economics (LSE).

Lire plus

Unpaid care is work

08.03.20

International Women's Day - 'Time to Care’, the Oxfam report released earlier this year, put the spotlight on the link between global inequalities and an issue at the core of

Lire plus

AJAD MMM runs sexuality education program in Cote d’Ivoire to combat teenage pregnancies

21.10.19

Cote d'Ivoire / UNESCO - Following the implementation of UNESCO's O3 program on Comprehensive Sexuality Education in communities, AJAD MMM continues its campaign in schools in collaboration with the M

Lire plus
See all the articlesof the category

Latest News from MMM and its Network

Building back better for the world’s children and youth

05.08.20

Save Our Future campaign officially launches

Read more

Placing Care & Education at the heart of a new economic system

28.07.20

UN New York, High Level Political Forum - report and recording of the MMM Side-Event

Read more

UN Chief denounces ‘the fiction that unpaid care work is not work’

26.07.20

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres delivered a strong and compelling message in his recent Nelson Mandela Lecture: 'Tackling the Inequality Pandemic: A new social contract for a new era’.

Read more

MMM teams up with non-profits for SymptomSurvey

09.07.20

Providing a voice for patients, families, and caregivers. Have your say by responding to our Survey.

Read more

World of work must adapt to people and families – not the other way around

07.07.20

UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - MMM contributed to the discussion on the report of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against women by offering 3 recommendations.

Read more

Informal education must be recognized, parents better supported

05.07.20

UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - At the meeting with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, MMM drew attention to how, In the context of the pandemic and imposed lockdown, the demand for unpaid care

Read more