Call for governments to adopt more family-friendly policies

Discrimination and unequal access to social services is preventing millions of families from providing for their children, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

parents playing with baby

parents playing with baby

Saturday is International Day of Families and organizations working with the poor want to highlight the fact that families are often split up because of hardship.

Christina Diez is the main representative to the UN from the organization ATD Fourth World, which works to eradicate poverty. She says the majority of children taken into care come from poor families:

“The parents may think that if they put their children into orphanages and into care at least they will be nourished and they will have access to education. But what happens usually is that, when the link is broken there is no one in society, and there is no way a society can supply that link”.

Ban Ki-moon says if governments around the world develop family-friendly policies this can help end the cycle of poverty.

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