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Ligue des Familles publishes its 2024 family barometer

Ligue des Familles publishes its 2024 family barometer

Belgian COFACE member, Ligue des familles, recently published its family barometer report which provides a wealth of information on the state and evolution of families in Belgium. The barometer is published every two years, giving families a crucial chance to have their voices heard. The 2024 edition reveals the scale of some of the difficulties faced by families, as well as some problems identified as early as 2015 that remain persistent. 

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A week of digital awareness for families with Unaf France

A week of digital awareness for families with Unaf France

Since 2017, the City of Paris has implemented a digital inclusion strategy with numerous partners, aiming to use digital technology as a lever for social integration. In 2024, COFACE member Unaf participated in the launch of the week-long event dedicated to digital parenting titled "My Child and Screens" and brought its 20 years of field experience and expertise to the discussions

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OPINION – Sharenting: exercise of parental rights or infringement of privacy?

OPINION – Sharenting: exercise of parental rights or infringement of privacy?

While social media are used for many purposes and from all ages, young people constitute a significant proportion of internet users. Unfortunately, as they engage in online activities they may enter dangerous situations such as cyberbullying, online sexual exploitation and other forms of cybercrimes. But what happens when the parents themselves expose their children to these dangers through actions such as sharing information about their children online under the veil of parenting?

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European Economic and Social Committee publish study on gender disaggregated data on energy poverty  

European Economic and Social Committee publish study on gender disaggregated data on energy poverty  

The Covid-19 pandemic and the European energy crisis resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have brought energy poverty to the forefront of social and political debate. EU policies have increasingly reflected this, but gender considerations remain overlooked.

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Equal at home – Equal at work: Share the Care reflects on Poland’s Work-Life Balance Directive anniversary 

Equal at home – Equal at work: Share the Care reflects on Poland’s Work-Life Balance Directive anniversary 

As Poland marks the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the Work-Life Balance Directive, questions arise about its impact on gender equality in both professional and family spheres.  Do women and men feel more equal in their professional and family lives? 

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COFACE member FAMS launches campaign for single parent childcare access in Spain

COFACE member FAMS launches campaign for single parent childcare access in Spain

Familias Monoparentales (FAMS), declared that single parents don’t depend on other parents, but on the services offered by the Spanish government. This relationship between single parents and government cannot work when more than 65% of single parents are looking for part-time work so they can be available for their children in the afternoons. This means reduced income to pay for childcare and the costs that come with infancy. 

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Protecting disability rights: Unapei and APF France Handicap issue reminder to French Government

Protecting disability rights: Unapei and APF France Handicap issue reminder to French Government

It has been a year since the Council of Europe condemned the French state for violating the rights of people with disabilities and their families. COFACE members Unapei  and APF France Handicap along with other NGOs are urgently reminding the French government of their obligations to protect people with disabilities and their families.

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Early Childhood intervention in Portugal – Fundação LIGA takes centre stage in cross-municipal ECEC conference 

Early Childhood intervention in Portugal – Fundação LIGA takes centre stage in cross-municipal ECEC conference 

The end of March 2024 marked a significant event for Fundação LIGA, our Portuguese COFACE Disability member. In fact, representatives of their Early Childhood Intervention Program participated in the inaugural meeting of ELI AASMA. ELI AASMA is the Early Childhood Intervention Association for the municipalities of Alenquer, Arruda dos Vinhos, and Sobral de Monte Agraço and serves as a platform for collaboration and knowledge-sharing among professionals working to support children and families.   

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