The 2023 edition of the International Day of Families, to be celebrated on 15 May, is focused on the topic of Demographic Trends and Families.
An important anniversary, established in 1993 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, which invites reflection on the fundamental role of the family and this year, in particular, aims to raise awareness of the impact of demographic trends on households.
One of the many aspects to be considered in this regard is certainly the falling birth rate, a widespread phenomenon at a global level that does not spare our country: data from the recent Istat report Demographic Indicators reveal that in 2022, the number of births fell, for the first time since the Unification of Italy, below the 400,000 mark to 393,000.
The demographic decline is the common thread in the third meeting of the General Assembly on Birth Rates, scheduled to take place on 11 and 12 May in Rome (in the Auditorium della Conciliazione, via della Conciliazione 4). The complete programme is available at www.statigeneralidellanatalita.it, on the dedicated page.
To mark the Day, we would like to highlight other initiatives and some useful materials to explore the topic.
On 12 May, in Vigevano ("San Dionigi" Auditorium, piazza Martiri della Liberazione 12), the conference Families, work and welfare in our legal and social system was held, organised by the legal association National Chamber of Lawyers for Individuals, Children and Families in cooperation with other organisations. The programme is online on the association's website, on the dedicated page.
The Umbria Culture for Family project offers a packed calendar of initiatives aimed at families – including workshops and lively lectures – to be held from 13 to 15 May in Spoleto, Assisi, Terni and other Umbrian municipalities. The programme is published on the Umbria Region website, in the dedicated news item.
On the Department for Family Policies website of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, there is a section dedicated to the family, which contains detailed information on various issues, such as family-work balance and financial contributions for families with children.
To further explore the topic of the Day, we offer the legal framework produced by the National Documentation and Analysis Centre for Childhood and Adolescence and the following study materials selected from the A.C. Moro Innocenti Library are also worth a mention: bibliographic research on families; bibliographic research on the evolution of the family; bibliographic research on one-parent families; bibliographic research on same-sex families; bibliographic research on immigrant families; bibliographic research on families with disabled children; bibliographic research on foster and adoptive families; bibliographic research on vulnerable families.