In September, COFACE Families Europe, represented by its President Annemie Drieksens, had the privilege to participate in a conference on inclusive families policies organised by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Istanbul, Turkey.
The conference brought together representatives from governments, the private sector, and civil society organisations from across Eastern Europe and Central Asia to discuss the importance of “Inclusive family policies for a better future”.
Vice-president of the European Commission Dubrovska Suica was invited by UNFPA Director Florence Bauer to set the scene and inform the audience about the EU policies and especially about the European Care Strategy.
It was an important opportunity for COFACE President Annemie Drieskens to participate in this panel to share the work of COFACE Families Europe and the need to put families at the center of policymaking. She referred to the joint Family Teamwork campaign of COFACE and UNFPA, focusing on sharing the care at home in the family, as a way to help close the gender care gap, gender pay, and pension gaps.
“It is clear that families all over the world are in the same storm but they are not in the same boat More than ever there is an urgent need for well-designed inclusive and gender-responsive family policies to guarantee the wellbeing of all families of today. “
This event in Istanbul was an important opportunity to build bridges with Eastern European countries beyond borders and learn more about the ongoing complex reforms and the improved family policies and practices in Albania, Georgie, Moldova, and Kosovo.
We look forward to further deepening exchanges to continue our common efforts and join forces to capitalise on changes and turn common challenges into Opportunities.