During National Families Week 2014 (May 15 to 21) Vinnies will be helping to promote the vital role that families play in Australian society.
The 2014 theme is ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities’ highlights the important role families play as the central building block of our communities and that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing.
Vinnies Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon is one of 34 prominent Australians who are National Families Week Ambassadors.
Dr Falzon said stronger families form the basis of stronger communities.
“It is essential that the governments we elect take the appropriate steps to support families in Australia.
“The stories we have heard of families pushed to the peripheries of social and economic life are a strong witness to the fact that governments must do what markets cannot,” Dr Falzon said.
Families on the International stage
Every year the United Nations marks International Families Day on May 15 and in 2014 there was also the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family to celebrate.
The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had this message for families around the globe:
As we commemorate this year’s International Day of Families, we recognise the meaningful contributions that families make to advancing the mission of the United Nations.
By providing economic and emotional sustenance to their members, families can raise productive, caring citizens committed to the common good. Strong, well-functioning families, whatever form they may take, can help reduce poverty, improve the wellbeing of mothers, promote gender equality and uphold human rights.
Support for families is crucial to realising their full potential. That means factoring their needs into development policies, considering their circumstances in addressing conflicts, and advocating for the equal treatment of all families, regardless of their structure. As we strive to usher in a more sustainable future, achieve the Millennium Development Goals, shape a new development agenda and combat climate change, let us mobilise the world’s families.
On this International Day of Families, let us strive to strengthen these small but critical units found in every society so that we may advance as one human family toward greater progress.