IFFD Paper 65. An often untapped potential

IFFD Paper 65. An often untapped potential

This year’s observance of the International Day of Families focused on the role of families and family oriented policies in promoting education and overall well being of their members. In particular, the Day raised awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth. Consequently, the observance also highlighted the importance of parental education for the welfare of children, as developing parental skills have an often untapped potential to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goal no. 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” Download Paper...
Training session for moderators in Poland

Training session for moderators in Poland

Akademia Familijna organized at the end of May a training session for moderators and team leaders in Krakow, bringing together 70 people from 4 cities in the south of the country. They carried out moderator tests, coordinated by the director of the Center for Family Enrichment in Poland, Janusz Wardak. Leticia Rodríguez de Santiago, Director of Family Enrichment for IFFD talked about IFFD activity on each...
Mexico. LAR Convention

Mexico. LAR Convention

LAR Convention. The LAR Association held its 8th National Convention in Aguascalientes on May 19-21, with the title “United parents, strong children”. This event brought together around 300 participants, directors and moderators from the 17 Family Enrichment centers located in different regions of the...
“First Steps” course in Slovenia

“First Steps” course in Slovenia

The first “First Steps” course in Ljubljana has taken place, with 18 families participating. In the autumn, IFFD will set up the Marital Love program and will carry out moderator training in order to soon be able to offer the Personal Project program.
National IBF Congress in Brazil

National IBF Congress in Brazil

“Family: the foundation for sustainable development” was the title of the 2nd National Congress on Family Enrichment, held on April 29-30 in the “Instituto Biológico de São Paulo”. The sessions were mainly focused on the role of the family in today’s society, the effects of new technologies on families, and how to build and sustain marital love on a daily basis. There was also a workshop on “The art of asking the right questions”, specifically for Family Enrichment moderators. IFFD courses are currently delivered in the Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Campinas, Curitiba, Londrina, Porto Alegre, Ribeirao Preto, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao José Dos...
SDGs & Families Global Project

SDGs & Families Global Project

The opening session of the second Global Meeting of SDGs & Families Project, held in San Jose on 23-25 May, was inaugurated by the President of the Parliament of Costa Rica, Mr. Gonzalo Ramírez Zamora. The meeting gathered not only the members of the global research team, but also the United Nations Focal Point on Family, Mrs. Renata Kaczmarska, and other regional experts. The goal was to assess the development of the project, aimed to define well-being global family indicators. The Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of San Jose, Mrs. Paula Vargas Ramírez, and several experts in family policies of the Municipality intervened in one of the sessions. +...
International Day of Families

International Day of Families

2017 Theme: “Families, education and well-being” The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. This year’s observance focuses on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members. The United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), in partnership with the Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organizations (DPI NGO), organized an event on May 18 at UN headquarters in NY to celebrate this International Day. Diego Barroso, member of the Executive Committee of IFFD, gave a speech in this event about “Parental education and family well-being”. The webcast (both live and archived) will be available at: http://webtv.un.org/  (18 May, 11-12:45 NYC time) More information and pictures:...
IFFD Paper 64. Unpaid or invisible?

IFFD Paper 64. Unpaid or invisible?

Women’s rights are human rights and attacks on women are attacks on all of us. That is why we have to respond together, for the women domestic workers who globally do two and a half times as much unpaid work as men. And for the nearly one billion women who will enter the global economy in the next decade. Empowerment will unleash the potential of all these women and girls and they will lead us to a new future. The United Nations and I will personally support you every step of the way. It is true, I have to confess, I am a man, but we need all men to stand up for women’s empowerment. Download Paper...
Policy recommendations for Europe

Policy recommendations for Europe

A booklet with policy recommendations and other interesting resources has been published by the FamiliesAndSocietes project and is being distributed to the different entities in the European Union, United Nations and other international bodies. FamiliesAndSocieties is the most important research project on the family being carried out within the framework of the European Union. The project, funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the EU, has the support of 25 academic institutions in 15 countries. Its civil society representative is IFFD. In Working Paper 74 of the project, IFFD presents a compendium of practices illustrating a structural framework of a diverse range of needs, such as education, economic inclusion and security, opportunity and respect, intergenerational connectivity and work-family reconciliation. Read Working Paper:...
National convention in Portugal

National convention in Portugal

CENOFA, the association which coordinates IFFD’s courses in Portugal, held a national meeting in Fatima on April 1, which brought together moderators and promotors of IFFD courses from from Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Braga, Tomar, Guimarães and Viseu. They received training on the IFFD methodology, and shared experiences and best practices on giving and coordinating...