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International Day of Family – Families and new technologies

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The family is the smallest building block of society and it holds the utmost importance in a person’s life, hence the United Nations set aside May 15 International Day of Families or IDF.

It is observed annually to highlight the importance of families and filial bonds by the international community.

“It provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting them”, according to the UN.

UN proclamation

The day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 1994 in response to the changing economic and social structures that are affecting the stability and structure of family units in different parts of the world. This camea year later after UN in 1993 passed the resolution to showcase the determination of the organisation to encourage better living standards and social progress of families across the globe.

The theme of IDF 2021 is ‘Families and new technologies’. According to the UN, the objectives of include current research on the growing potential of information and communication technologies to empower parents through parenting education tools to benefit families and society at large.

It will also warns of negative impacts of new technologies on children and families and share good practices in harnessing digital technologies for parenting education and overall family well-being.

My family is my biggest source of strength, pride & happiness. Being away from them during the pandemic has not been easy.

In a message, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, dedicated the Day to families being separated by Covid19.

Nigeria’s minister of women affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen called on custodians of families to join the growing fight against terrorism and mindless killings and abduction for ransom.

In a message to the occasion, Dame Pauline said the country cannot forget those who in a bid to secure the release of family members from the hands abductors, sold off everything.

According to the Minister, the theme for this year, “Families and new Technologies” speaks to the current realities where the virtual space has become the new normal for engagements, saying the Nigerian government would continue to supports the empowerment of women, including education, as an educated woman has many choices and is able to navigate the virtual space made possible by new technologies.

Saadatu Albashir, with additional report by Azizatu Sani

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