International Day of Families

International Day of Families

International Day of Families

 International Days of Families is observed every year on 15th May. It is celebrated worldwide for promoting the happiness and importance of the international community attaches to families.  This is one of the popular days in the US and it works for promoting awareness of issues related to families and aware people about the social, economic and demographic activities affecting families, International Day of Families was proclaimed by the UN General in 1993

History of International Day of Families

 On 20th September 1993, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution called A/RES/47/237 that gets the named 44/82 which was got approval in the December 1991.  It is issued to encourage better living standards and creating the value of families worldwide.

Later on in the year 1994, the UN declared officially as the International Day of Families in response to the progress of the economic and social structures that affect the stability of families around the globe.

 The symbol of International Day of Families is having a solid green circle and red image in the middle the symbol shows schematic drawing elements of a house and a heart.

  Activities on International Day of Families

  On this Day, you can see a wide variety of activities is held at local, national and international levels.  There are so many seminars, workshops, campaigns and meetings are organized to spread awareness among young generations and children for public policies to support and strengthen support family units.

 The International Day of Families is a day to spread awareness among citizens and its not a public holiday.

  Previous Years Themes of the International Day of Families

Below are the previous years International Day of Families Themes: Every year new theme you can see on this day.

•    The theme of 2019 – “Families and Climate Action: Focus on SDG13”.

•    The theme of 2018 was “Families and inclusive societies”.

•    The theme of 2017 was “Families, education and well-being”.

•    The theme of 2016 was: “Families, healthy lives and sustainable future”.

•    The theme of 2015 was: “Men in charge? Gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families”.

•    The theme of 2014 was: “Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals; International Year of the Family + 20”.

•    The theme of 2013 was: “Advancing Social Integration and Inter-generational Solidarity”.


•    The theme of 2012 was: “Ensuring Work-Family Balance”.

•    The theme of 2011 was: “Confronting Family Poverty and Social Exclusion”.

•    The theme of 2010 was: “The impact of migration on families around the world”.

•    The theme of 2009 was: “Mothers and Families: Challenges in a Changing World”.

•    The theme of 2008 was: “Fathers and Families: Responsibilities and Challenges”.

•    The theme of 2007 was: “Families and Persons with Disabilities”.

•    The theme of 2006 was: “Changing Families: Challenges and Opportunities”.

•    The theme of 2005 was: “HIV/AIDS and Family Well-being”.

•    The theme of 2004 was: “The Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of the Family: A Framework for Action”.

•    The theme of 2003 was: “Preparations for the observance of the Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2004”.

•    The theme of 2002 was: “Families and Ageing: Opportunities and Challenges”.

•    The theme of 2001 was: “Families and Volunteers: Building Social Cohesion”.

•    The theme of 2000 was: “Families: Agents and Beneficiaries of Development”.

•    The theme of 1999 was: “Families for all ages”.

•    The theme of 1998 was: “Families: Educators and Providers of Human Rights”.

•    The theme of 1997 was: “Building Families Based on Partnership”.

•    The theme of 1996 was: “Families: First Victims of Poverty and Homelessness”.


Wrapping It Up

 International Day of Families is the most popular day as it spread awareness about the significance of families among the young generations and children.  Nowadays, people are moving towards modern life and forgetting their families.  It is a great way of promoting the importance of families in society and young generations.


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