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Vinnies supports National Families Week 2015

Vinnies will emphasise the need to embrace diverse families during National Families Week 2015 (May 15 to 21) and acknowledges the critical role that all types of families play in nurturing children and in supporting community elders.

The 2015 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.

Greater investment in public education, health and affordable housing is absolutely vital for the sustainability of families, especially for people on low incomes or those outside the labour market whom Vinnies assists.

In support of stronger families & stronger communities

Vinnies Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon said families need to be well-resourced and well-supported so that they can be places of love, hope and encouragement.

“This means that governments must do what markets cannot; namely ensure access for all families to properly funded public education, childcare, tertiary education and training, public health, affordable housing, transport and employment.

“It also means that governments should reject paternalistic approaches such as compulsory income management that disempower and degrade families rather than supporting them,” Dr Falzon said.

All Australians, including community organisations, schools, councils, companies and individuals are invited to participate in National Families Week each year. For more information visithttp://www.familiesaustralia.org.au/

Families on the international stage

Every year the United Nations marks International Families Day on May 15. In 2015 the theme is: ‘Men in charge? Gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families’.

This theme aims to promote gender equality and rights of children within families. It will also highlight prevention of family violence through fair family law frameworks and a variety of programme interventions. May 17 also marks international day against homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia.

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had this message for families around the globe:

 “Around the world, more women are becoming recognized as the equal partners and decision-makers in families that they should be, thus helping to ensure a conducive environment for the full and harmonious development of children.

Yet 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 International 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.”

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St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organisation working towards a more just and compassionate society.

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