IFED PRESS RELEASE: International Family Equality Day 2018: «Children’s rights matter»

The International Family Equality Day (IFED) 2018 will be celebrated with the motto «Children’s rights matter». Join the IFED family now and help us work towards the full legal protection of children in rainbow families all over the globe.

On the 6th of May 2018, the next International Family Equality Day will be commemorated worldwide in order to celebrate both the beauty and importance of family diversity. A special focus will thereby lie on the necessity of extending full legal protection to all children. Hence the motto of the up-coming IFED edition: «Children’s rights matter».

It’s the loving care that counts

With this motto, the IFED committee aims at highlighting an important issue. «An extensive body of serious scientific research has proven that the sexual orientation of the parents has no influence on the well-being of a child», says IFED Coordinator Maria von Känel. «What really matters is the love, respect and care that a child receives. There is no doubt that rainbow families can provide such a loving and nurturing environment just as well as any other family.»

Many legal inequalities

Rainbow families and their children do face some special challenges though, but such challenges derive primarily from the prejudices that they encounter in society and all too often from the discrimination and lack of protection by state institutions. Nevertheless, children of rainbow families are still deprived of many crucial rights in countless countries of the world. For example, they oftentimes can neither have both parents listed on their birth certificate nor enjoy the assistance of both mums and dads when in hospital. Also, to name another example, they can never be sure that they get to remain with their other parent should the biological father or mother pass away.

How can such massive discrimination of these children be stopped? The first step is to provide equal legal recognition and protection to their families, as “the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children”, as recognized also in the UN Convention on the rights of the child.

Mutual support

Such legal insecurities and inequalities are intolerable. The IFED committee and all its friends and supporters are relentlessly striving to end this discrimination. «Our goal is to ensure that every child is provided with the same legal recognition and the full protection of his or her family», says Derricia Castillo Salazar from Belize. «We are therefore strongly determined to keep up our efforts in the new year and to further strengthen, encourage and empower rainbow families worldwide. We look forward to celebrating the IFED 2018!»

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In 2023 IFED was celebrated in 258 Towns in 78 Countries. Greetings to all LGBTIQ* Families, related, friends, activists out there.

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