|Make everyday a family day: President|
|Tuesday, 15 May 2012 00:00|
the Diaspora on families.
The day will be marked today under the theme “Ensuring Work and Family Balance”.
“Child and single-headed households are on the increase.”
“Family members get their first and elementary education and value foundations in the family.”
“Real economic needs or in certain cases the rise of materialism and greed have created a situation where there is little time for the family.
“What is happening to our time honoured traditional family protection systems, security and cohesion? How can these challenges be addressed?”
“In this regard, I am informed the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development are working towards establishing a Family Court.”
“A simplified Family Law Handbook and various pamphlets have been produced by the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development to inform and educate men, women and children on their respective roles in the development of a society, which remains in touch with, and esteems its treasured values systems,” he said.
These handbooks, President Mugabe said, needed to be widely distributed as they may contribute to the prevention and resolution of certain retrogressive and criminal behaviour that is not conducive to positive family values.
President Mugabe said Government cannot do everything on its own and urged family members, communities, churches and other organisations to participate in activities that create and promote balanced and cohesive family lives in Zimbabwe.
“Let us make every day a family day for the good of the family of Zimbabwe,” he said. President Mugabe said there was need to balance work and family responsibilities for family cohesion. For indeed, the observance of this day gives us an opportunity to promote and amplify awareness on issues relating to families as well as taking appropriate action to strengthen family cohesion,” said President Mugabe.
The Government, he said, attaches great importance on the family as a basic and important unit of society that contributes to the overall sustainable development of the country.
“An examination of the national theme denotes the serious need for family members engaged in various work cycles or activities, whether formal or informal, to strike and enjoy much needed balance for quality time with their families,” he said.
It has been marked every year since it was declared by the United Nations in 1994.