By Anyway Yotamu
HARARE – As the world celebrate families day there is need to restore respect, establish justice, and reduce the causes of conflict in families in order to achieve peace and sustainable development, Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Minister, Hon Stembiso Nyoni has said.
Addressing journalists in Harare to mark the International Day of Families this , Minister Nyoni bemoaned various challenges bedevilling families today which include rampant drug abuse, child pregnancies and Gender Based Violence among others.
“For generations, women have been the pillars in the family institution, but they have received so much violence and some have lost their lives. Gender Based Violence is counterproductive.
“Families are also facing challenges of girl child pregnancies, drug abuse, child pregnancies migration of heads of households and guardians and poverty,” she said.
She called upon ministries, development partners, organisations, religious groups and the private sector to find solutions to these challenges.
The International theme for this year is “Socially just transition towards sustainable development: The role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all” whilst the national theme is “The role of digital technologies in the social development and well-being of the Zimbabwean families.
Minister Nyoni said families should be accorded comprehensive protection and assistance to effectively discharge their responsibilities within the society considering that they constitute the foundation of communities.
She urged the nation to leverage on technology and the digital space for positive development and ultimately disseminate information that builds morally upright children.
Minister Nyoni highlighted that without complete families, her duties will be difficult to execute.
“In the absence of a compact family, my task as Minister would be difficult to accomplish. As we set out to implement community based support initiatives, my Ministry`s success depends on the existence of families which are intact, families which have security and safety for all members in a family,” she said.
She also stressed that all families require a place of comfort, security, love and unity whether they are male, female or child headed.
The International Day of Families came into effect through UN Resolution 47/237 of 20 September 1993, which reaffirms that the family unit is a natural and a fundamental entity in society as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Eliminations of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).