On the 17th of September, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly resolved that its Member States in full partnership with the organizations of the United Nations system and civil society organizations, should mark the 1st of June as the Global Day of Parents. The day is to be observed annually, honouring parents throughout the world, for their selfless commitment to their children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.
With the increasingly critical role of the family in the attainment of the global development goals, it is important that the father’s role as a co-parent is emphasized upon; beyond their widely recognized position of moral teachers, disciplinarians or breadwinners. It is also salient that violence against women, who are mostly mothers, is eliminated; and opportunities for educating women are increased.
These actions would cause parents to be more involved in activities/ initiatives that ensure the well-being of their family members is protected; their children and youth are adequately educated and socialize well; and sufficient care services are given to the young and old.
Furthermore, the international community needs to develop and expand family-friendly policies and services, such as childcare centres because with stronger public support the parents can maintain a healthy work-life balance- where work and family responsibilities are shared equally. These family-oriented policies can contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 1 to 5 relating to doing away with poverty and hunger; ensuring healthy lives and promoting of well-being for all ages; ensuring educational opportunities throughout the lifespan and achieving gender equality.