MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, March 25th 2019 - 20:21 UTC

Ban Ki-moon calls for gender equality and children's rights in 'Day of Families' message

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 08:57 UTC
Full article 6 comments
However discrimination against women and disregard for children’s rights remain built into family laws and Government policies, said Ban Ki-moon However discrimination against women and disregard for children’s rights remain built into family laws and Government policies, said Ban Ki-moon
Equitable social and economic development depends on fair legal frameworks and social norms that support the rights of women and children Equitable social and economic development depends on fair legal frameworks and social norms that support the rights of women and children

The theme of this year’s International Day of Families, “Men in Charge?”, highlights the importance of gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families, said United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his message.

 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 an environment conducive 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.

The social and economic costs are felt by all. Discrimination and neglect often lead to violence, threatening women’s and children’s health and limiting their chances to complete education and fulfill their potential. The cycle tends to continue into the next generation, as children experiencing violence are more likely to resort to violence in their adult lives.

Equitable social and economic development depends on fair legal frameworks and social norms that support the rights of women and children. Discriminatory laws and practices that do not give equal rights to all, and that suppress women’s and children’s rights, have no place in contemporary families, communities, societies and nations.

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.

Categories: Politics, International.

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules
  • Alejo

    Where does paulcedron appear in the gender sprectrum?

    May 16th, 2015 - 03:41 pm 0
  • Voice

    “Men in Charge?”
    Huh...that would be right....since when...?
    I do as I'm told ...the alternative is half an hour of nagging...
    ....no competition...Hobson's Choice...

    May 16th, 2015 - 05:49 pm 0
  • Briton

    Ban Ki-moon calls for?????

    this bloody worlds going to pot,

    and future generations want to send this bunch of total lunatic nutters into space.

    what is happening to us, let me back in to the asylum....lol

    May 16th, 2015 - 08:23 pm 0
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!