Untapped Potential: Empowering Women in the Workplace and Parents as Educators

Reports from the United Nations
Content Area
Parent Education and Guidance
Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts

Once a month, NCFR will round up resources from the United Nations (U.N.) relevant to family research. 

U.N. Representatives from NCFR, Mihaela Robila and Bahira Sherif Trask, attended both of the meetings referenced below.

Empowering Women in the Workplace

The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, March 13-24, 2017. The theme was "Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work." In his opening remarks, Secretary-General António Guterres noted, " With nearly a billion women entering the global economy in the next decade their empowerment will unleash the potential of all these women and girls - and they will lead the world to a new future." He further pledged that the U.N. will be at the forefront of achieving gender equality and asked the assembled leaders to "not let us off the hook. Keep our feet to the fire." 

The Report of the Secretary-General (PDF) and an Analysis on CSW61 Conclusions (PDF) are available for download

Positive Effects of Parental Education

The 2017 International Day of Families was observed at U.N. Headquarters on May 18, 2017. The theme was “Families, education and well-being.” Of particular note is the presentation Parental education and family well-being (PDF)  by Diego Barroso, Director of Family Enrichment Courses Coordination and Expansion of the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD). His related IFFD Paper, An often untapped potential (PDF), is also available for download.

On the U.N.'S Day of Families webpage you can view all presentations, photos, an archived webcast from this observance, and join an online conversation of the issues discussed. Learn more.