Family Enrichment in the World

First Steps in Slovakia

The First Steps course was finished last week in Bratislava, Slovakia. Nine couples participated and decided to continue with regular meetings. Some of them will participate on Matrimonial Love course next year.

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Activity Report 2013

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Family Enrichment in South Africa

Last year, two Family Enrichment courses took place in South Africa: one in Pretoria and the other in Johannesburg. The country also organized a moderator-training program,  which produced three new moderators.

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First Steps in Sweden

A First Steps course started in Stockholm on 8 March organised by IFFD Sweden and led by a very experienced moderator. In total 12 couples signed up. This is hopefully the start of many future family enrichment courses in Sweden.

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Family Enrichment Courses Presented at the United Nations

Cristina Napolitano, delegate of IFFD to United Nations, made a presentation of Family Enrichment Courses in the special event on The Family as a Social Driver of Development held on February, 20, in the Ecosoc Chamber.

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Family Enrichment in Canada

Courses in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Prince Edward Island, and Longueuil involved nearly 100 couples in 2013. Family Enrichment in Canada also organized complementary activities to educate families and give them the chance to get to know each other. Wine & Cheese hosted all moderators to solve questions from attendees. The “Skating Party” strengthened the bonds of friendship between participating families.

Preadolescence course in Turin

In the city of Turin, the first session of the Pre-Adolescence course took place on February 15. The course is aimed at parents with children aged 10-13 years, and was organized by the city’s very active Center for Family Enrichment. A session of the Adolescence course was also offered in February, this in Milan at the new headquarters of the school Faes Argonne.

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Moderators training in Russia

On January 18 and 19, a training program for moderators and team leaders was held in Saint Petersburg. The course was led by Katazhina and Andzhej Dunajský, who travelled from Poland. Ten couples participated.

On February 1, a conference titled, “Keys to Success in Marriage” was held in Moscow. During this event, Paulius Gebrauskas, President of the Center of Family Enrichment of Lithuania, gave a presentation about Family Enrichment courses and the case method, and then moderated a session on Matrimonial Love. Russian moderator Anna Kuripko also presented a case. There are plans to launch the Matrimonial Love course in Moscow between March and April of this year.

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Congress of Military Families in Colombia

The Second Congress of Military Families, titled “The Hero of Our Home,” was held October 22-23, 2013 at the Universidad de La Sabana in Colombia. This event was organized by the Family Head of the National Army of Colombia, with the support of the Institute of the Family of the Universidad de La Sabana. Dr. Luis Carrera, Spanish moderator, gave a lecture on the work of the successful father.

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Belgium

In mid-January, a First Letters course was held in Belgium, involving fourteen couples. The course took place at the Acacia School in the city of Brussels, and was guided by a director and two young team leaders. They plan to conduct several training sessions for moderators in the coming months.

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Public Affairs

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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Adele Li and Jim Morgan

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 30

When synergy replaces conflict. Legal and policy frameworks balancing work and family life

[1 April 2014]

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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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