Family Enrichment in the World

Pilot course in Poland

During the weekend 14-15 of June a Preadolescence pilot course was held in Józefów (near Warsaw, Poland). Sixteen couples from 4 different cities participated. The course was led by Javier Reguart from Spain. It will be the 5th type of course offered by Akadamia Familijna (Family Enrichment) in Poland.

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Lithuania

Weekend moderators annual meeting was celebrated in Klaipeda, Lithuania in June. More than 80 adults participated, and the Phlipses travelled there to give two courses sessions. The event took place at LCC University.

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Family Enrichment in United Kingdom

At the end of June, Vickie Teetor traveled to London to promote Family Enrichment courses. More than twelve married couples participated in her presentations.

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Annual meeting in Rome

On June 14, twenty Italian Family Enrichment associations gathered in Rome. Participation at the morning workshop included Giorgio Tarassi, president of the National Conference System; Francesco Belletti, president of the Forum delle Associazioni Familiarize; Ignacio Socìas, director of international relations of IFFD; and René Lumu, president of Family Enrichment in the Congo. The rest of the day was spent discussing IFFD’s work at the UN in developing good initiatives for the family. Later, some Italian participants shared the work they are doing.

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IFFD Spain First Semi-annual Meeting

On 10 may took place the first semi-annual meeting of 2014 with all family enrichment centers forming IFFD Spain, involving more than 60% of the centers. A round table was held in which some of them shared their experiences, as well as remember the Family Summer activity, that will be held in Cerler, Spain.

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Annual meeting in France

The French National Annual Meeting of Family Enrichment Moderators took place May 17-18 in Lyon, France. More than fifteen couples and their families participated. Several interesting conferences reviewed the progress of Family Enrichment in this country and around the world.

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Hong Kong

Family First Foundation, the Family Enrichment Center of Hong Kong, organized various events to promote Family Enrichment, through which the center came into contact with around 200 people interested in attending our courses.

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Family Summer

Family Summer is a practical, fun, and rewarding way to spend the summer. It’s a new form of rest, wherein one’s own family lives in harmony with other families, and coexistence and active entertainment are the objectives.

Family Summer is especially relevant for young couples and their children. Children can enjoy the attention of expert caretakers while parents participate in a Family Enrichment course, which help themselves to be the best educators for their children.

Currently this program is being organized in Spain and Colorado (USA).

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Formation of the Steering Committee in Chicago

At the end of April, the Chicago Family Enrichment Steering Committee was established, comprised of four couples.

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Moderators training in Kinshasa, Congo

In mid-March, the Phlipses traveled to Kinshasa, Congo, to give a moderator training course in preparation for the launch of the Adolescence course in that country.

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Family Enrichment in Singapore

Italian moderators Carmen and Giorgio Tarassi traveled to Singapore at the end of April to teach a moderator training course. The meeting took place in the home of Valentina and Emilio Klappenbach. Fifteen couples participated.

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Matrimonial Love II course in Valladolid

More than 20 couples have participated in Matrimonial Love II course, organized by CESFA, the Family Enrichment center of Valladolid, Spain.

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Public Affairs

Global Day of Parents

The Family Watch organized a new forum on the occasion of the new Global Day of Parents, which was established by United Nations and is held on June 1 each year. The forum was held on June 3, 2014 in Madrid, with the participation of leading figures in communications.

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Expert Group Meeting in Mexico City

An Expert Group Meeting on family poverty and social exclusion; ensuring work-family balance; advancing social integration and intergenerational solidarity in North America has been organized by IFFD in Mexico City, 19-20 May, with the participation of experts, practicioners and observers from United States, Canada and Mexico,the UN Focal Point on the Family and a representative of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). For more information click here.

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15th May, International Day of Families

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IFFD was actively involved in the special observance of the International Day of Families; held the 15 May in UN Headquarters.  This event commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family and featured a panel discussion on ‘Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals.’ Raymond Mutura, President of the Family Enrichment center in Kenya, and IFFD´s Vice-president of the English- speaking area of Africa participated like speaker and presented the Declaration of the Civil Society on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family. A landmark, fully illustrated, commemorative publication by Tudor Rose ‘Family Futures’ was presented and a copy was offered to participants. (Click here to see the publication)

Video about IFFD and other NGO´s in support of the Family.

UNSDN interviews: Ignacio Socías

On the occasion of the  International Day of Families, Ignacio Socías has been interviewed by the United Nation Social Development Network, in his capacity as Permanent Representative to the UN of the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD).

Click here to read the interview.

Doha conference to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) a member of Qatar Foundation, organized a conference on “Empowering Families: A Pathway to Development’’ held on the 16th and 17th April 2014 in Doha /Qatar, as part of the commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, 2014. Ignacio Socías, Director of International Relations of IFFD participated in the Panel Discussion 5, about Family and Civil Society, and drew up the Call to action.

For more information click here.

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2014: the year to discover the great value of family

It is the best kept secret of 2014 – the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family-. The United Nations has been passing resolutions about it and some NGOs have been working solidly to raise awareness of it in different countries, but there’s not a word about it in the media. MercatorNet asked Ignacio Socias, Director of International Relations for the International Federation for Family Development.

Read the full interview in MercatorNet.

Launching of the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family in Argentina

Organized and hosted by Centro Walmart Conciliación Familia y Empresa (CONFyE – Walmart Center for Work Family Balance) of IAE Business School, Austral University and the International Federation for Family Development, the launching of the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family in Argentina was marked by a full two-and-a-half day schedule with activities and meetings that were designed to reach all levels of Argentine society, including primary and university level education, politics, non-governmental and civil organizations, private enterprise, etc. Read more

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Event in Sao Paulo

The UN DESA Focal Point on the Family, Renata Kaczmarska, the director of International Relations of IFFD and some brazilian politicians and academics have been part of an event to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, organized by the Instituto Brasileiro da Família in Sao Paulo on 24 March.

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IFFD Briefing at United Nations

On February 18, 2014, the second edition of the IFFD Briefing was held at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. This meeting, which takes place during the annual session of the Commission for Social Development, takes advantage of the participation of many delegates and governments present from around the world.

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Carlos E. García González, Marina Robben, Ignacio Socías, Renata Kaczmarska

During the ceremony, the Civil Society Declaration was officially presented, as were this year’s IFFD Awards. The Government of Singapore was represented by Adele Li, for his efforts in the implementation of family policies and involvement in the celebration of the Twentieth Anniversary of the International Year of the Family. Carlos Enrique García, Permanent Ambassador Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations and Vice-Chairman of the Committee for Social Development, was accompanied by his family.

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The event was chaired by the director of the United Nations, Renata Kaczmarska, and president of IFFD, Marina Robben.

Seminars in Brussels

On January 28 and 29, two seminars organized to present the first results of the Families and Societies project took place in Brussels. The seminars were organized by Population Europe (of the Max Planck Institute) in collaboration with the Population Centre of the University of Oxford, the European University Institute, the International Federation for Family Development, and the European Economic and Social Committee.

Topics covered included: the role of parents in the family, the consequences of unrepaired families for children, and the role of social policies to prevent and minimize such family structures. Among those attending were representatives of the European Commission, Parliament, and the European Economic and Social Committee, as well as representatives of various organizations and governments. Heinz Becker, Austrian MEP, made a vibrant plea to overcome the ideologization of the themes of family and to work together to cope with the current problems.

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Eloïse Leboutte and Stuart Duffin, OneFamily president

Event in Preparation for the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family in Nairobi

On January 23-24, an event organized in preparation for this year’s Twentieth Anniversary of the International Year of the Family took place at Strathmore University, Nairobi. Conferences involved, among others, Renata Kaczmarska, Coordinator of the Family Program of the United Nations; the Chairman of the Constitutional Committee; the Member of the High Panel for New Development Goals in Kenya, Betty Maina; Jamila Mohammed; and the Lady Justice in Kenya.

Kaczmarska took advantage of her stay in the country to attend a Family Enrichment course session, involving 80 couples.

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Publication on the web

The book on the occasion of the European meeting of experts in Brussels can be downloaded here.

IFFD Papers

A series of position papers on current affairs an topics that have to do with family enrichment.

IFFD Paper nº 33

From poverty to well-being. What policies are available to reduce child poverty?

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Families and Societies is the most important research on the family project carried out within the framework of the European Union. Launched on March 8 in Stockholm, it has the support of twenty-five universities from fifteen countries. IFFD is involved as a representative of civil society.

The preparations for the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family focuses on exploring family-oriented policies and strategies aiming mainly at confronting family poverty; ensuring work-family balance and advancing social integration and intergenerational solidarity.

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TFW is a “think tank” inspired by IFFD dedicated to analyzing the social reality of the family.

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Vídeos (Canal YouTube).