Happy 26th International Day of Families

Today is the International Day of Families Celebration. Families in Development: Copenhagen & Beijing + 25 is the theme of the year 2020 because the family plays a role in our social development. In every society, the family system is important and is the cornerstone. This Day acknowledges the benefits of a family system, people, societies and cultures all over the world.

Before the lockdown in Guadeloupe, families used to get together to show solidarity and for events such as family celebration, beach, and so one.

During the lockdown in Guadeloupe due to the pandemic of Covid-19, some people were able to spend more time with their families. This health situation was seen as a great opportunity to meet up with family, to think about ourselves and to do more creative things. The only requirement to stay at home was the difference. Because our house is the safest place to be, except in the case of domestic violence and natural disasters (floods, landslides…).

Since Monday 11th May, we are more or less free to move. So from next week, we could go to the beach.

The history of the Day

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly declared 15 May of every year as The International Day of Families. It was first celebrated on 15 May 1994. It provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

In 1995, the conferences of Beijing and Copenhagen proposed the importance of family and its role in our social development and agreed to specify its worldwide observance as an initiative for the well-being of all individuals in the family.

Source: Site Internet du Gouvernement de l’Afrique du Sud

The logo

The logo of the International Day of Families is a specific symbol of a heart that stretches upwards and forms the roof of a house, the heart is then engraved in a green circle. This indicates that families are the center of society and provide a stable and supporting home for people of all ages.

Source: Site Internet des Nations Unies

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