95 countries, including Egypt, issue joint statement on pivotal role of family at 50th UNHRC

Ahram Online , Tuesday 14 Jun 2022

Egypt says that it coordinated with more than 95 countries at the 50th UN Human Rights Council session on Monday to issue a joint statement on the family’s role within society and its right to protection from the state.

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Ahmed Ihab Gamaleddin, the permanent representative of Egypt to the UN Office at Geneva. File photo ShareFacebookTwitterWhatsAppTelegramLinkedIn

 

Ahmed Ihab Gamaleddin, the permanent representative of Egypt at the UN Office at Geneva, said the joint statement stressed the state’s commitment to taking specific measures to ensure broader support and protection for families as the fundamental unit of society.

Countries must also ensure families’ sustainability and unity and create a suitable environment that secures development and prosperity for them, especially in the face of crises, Gamaleddin noted.

The statement also urged governments to develop strategies that are focused on women’s empowerment and fair distribution of care and assistance responsibilities between men and women.

The statement highlighted the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on families’ contribution to protecting and enhancing human rights as well as on their capabilities as a key factor in the development of the state and society.

The pandemic has negatively affected the aspects of care that the families provide to their members, especially children and the elderly, as well as the work-family balance, gender equality, and other issues, Gamaleddin said.

The statement also said that sustaining a balance between work and family is considered a main factor in reducing the aftermath of pandemics on human rights and development.

In September last year, Egypt launched its 2021-2026 National Strategy for Human Rights to address political, economic, social, and cultural rights for all groups and marginalised members, including women, children, disabled people, youth and the elderly.

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