Since it was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, the Global Day of Parents is observed on the June 1 of every year. In the first sight, the day seems to be an observation of the United Nations in respect of the love and dedication of parents in raising their children.
How can the Global Day of Parents contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals 2030?
United Nations is assertive of the view that parents can bring a step change in achieving SDGs. "In particular, family-oriented policies can contribute to the achievement of SDG1 to SDG 5 relating to doing away with poverty and hunger; ensuring healthy lives and promoting of well-being for all ages; ensuring educational opportunities throughout the lifespan and achieving gender equality," said UNO in concept paper for the Global Parents Day. In fact, the first five SDGs are directly linked to family and so with the parents.
Since the 1980s, the important role of the family has increasingly come to the attention of the international community. The General Assembly adopted a number of resolutions and proclaimed the International Year of the Family and the International Day of Families. Emphasizing the critical role of parents in the rearing of children, the Global Day of Parents recognizes also that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children. For the full and harmonious development of their personality, children should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.
The recent studies have emphasized the active participation of both the parents – mother and father; in raising the child. Although traditionally in many societies, fathers have been moral teachers, disciplinarians and breadwinners. In many countries, there is now an increased emphasis on the father's role as a co-parent, fully engaged in the emotional and practical day-to-day aspects of raising children. Recent research has affirmed the positive impact of active involvement by fathers in the development of their children. Similarly, mothers play a critical role in the family, which is a powerful force for social cohesion and integration. The mother-child relationship is vital for the healthy development of children. Violence against women, many of whom are mothers, remains one of the most pervasive human rights violations of our time.