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New Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023 of the Council of Europe

Council of Europe Palais de lEurope

Brussels, 25 May 2018

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the decision-making body of the organisation, adopted its Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023, which is built upon the results of the Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017.  The new strategy, unlike the preceding one, gives attention to some family aspects. The Strategy sets up the objectives and priorities of the Council regarding gender equality for the period of 2018 to 2023, identifying the working methods, main partners and the measures necessary for further improvement of the situation within the organisation and in the Member States Especially the Strategy “addresses the implications of equality between women and men as regards dignity and rights, in public, private and family life. The social significance of maternity and paternity leave and the role of both parents in the upbringing of children and as carers of adult dependents must be taken into consideration to ensure that both women’s and men’s human rights are fully and equally respected. The equal sharing of unpaid household and care work should be promoted to break down gender stereotypes, ensure women’s and men’s work/life balance, and get closer to real gender equality”.

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Press Release | International Day Of The Family, the starting point of the future

Brussels, 15 May 2018

famille.jpgToday is the International Day of the Family, with a focus from the United Nations on “Families and inclusive societies”. The family is the first place of inclusion, where the value of every person can be welcomed in its uniqueness. An inclusive society starts wtih the family: the family is the vital cell of society and every society needs the family to be really inclusive.

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Antoine Renard: Individual “rights” endanger 1948 Declaration of Human Rights



FAFCE president Antoine Renard was interviewed by the Austrian Catholic Press Agency: The human rights ideal born out of the catastrophe of World War II only aimed at fostering the rights of a person, in order that the state could not deny him/her their rights. These human rights took into account social ties. Today there is a certain “tiredness” among those who rightfully believe that to act socially is better than an individualistic approach.

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Press Release | Bucharest International Seminar for a renewed family policy

 Bucharest, 16 February 2018

Bucharest Seminar 2018 02 16


The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) and its member in Romania, "Vladimir Ghika" Catholic Family Association, in partnership with the Committee on Equal Opportunities of the Romanian Senate, held yesterday a conference in the Romanian Parliament on the Family at the centre of the Economy.

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Merry Christmas from FAFCE!

Brussels, 22 December 2017


"Twenty years is not much time to attempt an overall assessment, but it is certainly a good occasion to give thanks for the vitality and the enthusiasm with which you have carried out your daily commitment": this is the way how Pope Francis started his address to us, on the 1st of June 2017, celebrating with us the 20th Anniversary of our Federation. And the end of an year is also an occasion to attempt a partial assessment and we can tell we are growing, thanks to you and thanks to the efforts of our member organisations. Our daily commitment, carried out with vitality and enthusiasm, as the Pope told us, is a commitment to announce the good news of the family, especially in the European institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg.

This means that we are called to respond to many different challenges, being active on many aspects of human life: during this year, we worked on the protection of children from harmful content online; on the protection of human life at every stage, like we did supporting our Members in Poland and in Ireland, but also by informing our Members on the migrant crisis and on persecution of Christians in the Middle East. We advocate for good family policies and for a better balance between family and work, because parents and children have the right to spend time together; the whole society needs to have moments for sharing, and this is why we are active members of the European Sunday Alliance. We work for upholding the dignity of the marriage between a man and a woman, not because of ideology, but because we wish to share with everybody the beauty of the creation and the complementarity and fecundity of a life commitment. We are present in the European Institutions to bring your voice.

The challenges seem too big sometimes... But we know that the news we have to bring is so important and so joyful, that we feel called to continue our work despite all difficulties, and to look for support. You can support our work by a donation online or via other means explained here. You can also support us and the Family in Europe being active with your local family association or creating one if it doesn't exist where you live. The Pope concluded his speech to us, last June, by saying "The work before you is great and complex. Only by strengthening your association and inviting other families to join with you, will the task become less arduous, since union makes for strength”. Let's work together for the common good, let's work together for the family in Europe.

May we have the humility of St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary to respond to His call, and play with confidence our role in the revolution of love that Jesus brings to the world.


Merry Christmas,

Antoine Renard


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