Families meet to discuss issues affecting families on International Day of Families

Accra, 15 May 2015 – International Family Day has been marked with a ‘family’ forum at Asanka locals a popular eatery in Accra. The event was orgainsed by UNFPA in partnership with Global Family Care, an NGO. It was on the theme; “Men in Charge? Gender Equality and Children’s Rights in Contemporary Families”.

Mr. Harley Kanayo Nworah

Mr. Harley Kanayo Nworah

The chairman of the event, Mr. Harley Kanayo Nworah, stressed on the need for Ghanaians and Africans to cherish their unique core value of communal family ties which makes every family member liable to groom children to be good citizens of the country. He expressed regret at the blind imitation of foreign cultures which in his opinion is corrupting the good values of Ghanaians and Africans in general adding that ‘a family that prays together stays together’.

One of the groups in a discussion session

One of the groups in a discussion session

Participants were divided into three groups to discuss each segment of the theme.  They concluded that on the issue of men being in charge and as ‘heads’ of the home, modern trends and unconventional families have made it impossible to claim that as an absolute truth. All present agreed that financial constraints and lack of access to information among other things have defeated the long standing caveat that men are in charge.

On the issue of gender equality, the group in charge surmised that there is still a long way to go in achieving that, adding that the process has been slowed by our norms and culture as a people. On Children’s Rights, it was agreed that parents need to be united in disciplining the children and children should not be denied the right to food, clothing and shelter by their parents or anyone for that matter.

An elderly making a submission

An elderly making a submission

The aged among the participants stressed on the need for peace and respect in the home for the sake of the children and encouraged all parents to protect their children and instil in them their cultural values.

Also present at the event were the UNFPA representative, Babatunde Ahonsi and the Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Dela Sowah.