The International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) defines a “child” as a person below the age of 18, and urges all governments to increase the level of protection for all children under 18 -regardless of their race, religion, or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from. Governments should ensure that no child is discriminated on any basis, by taking all necessary steps to ensure that the minimum standards set by the Convention are being met. These necessary steps also include helping families protect children’s rights and create an environment where they can grow and reach their potential (Articles 1-4).
According to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, “all people, irrespective of sex, age, race, ethnicity, and persons with disabilities, migrants, indigenous peoples, children and youth, especially those in vulnerable situations, should have access to life-long learning opportunities that help them acquire the knowledge and skills needed to exploit opportunities and to participate fully in society.” In relation to that, the document promises “to provide children and youth with a nurturing environment for the full realization of their rights and capabilities, helping our countries to reap the demographic dividend including through safe schools and cohesive communities and families.”
In order to open the ground for an academic discussion of this “nurturing environment of children for the full realization of their rights and capabilities”,in partnership Ufuk Dialog Foundation and Arigatou International/Prayer and Action for Children, the Journalists and Writers Foundation organizes the 4th International Family Conference with a focus on children and family. The conference, titled “Children’s Rights and Family” will be held on 19-20 November, 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria, with an aim of promoting a proactive and universal child rights approach to family.
International Family Conference is a biennial international academic conference which is organized by the Women’s Platform of the Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF), which holds General Consultative Status at UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Its aim is to stimulate interdisciplinary and cross-national collaboration and approach to various family issues.
Conference prioritizes policy-oriented articles together with academic and descriptive ones. This call for papers is an invitation for all academics from any disciplines of social science, experts and activists paying attention to the issue of family and children.
Authors are solicited to contribute to the conference by submitting articles in the following areas, but not limited to:
- best interest of the child
- positive parenting
- parental guidance
- parental responsibilities and state assistance
- family counseling services
- separation from parents
- children deprived from family environment
- adoption and foster care
- education and training of the child
- gender divisions in childcare and education
- ethics education
- freedom of religion and belief
- freedom of expression
- child privacy
- preservation of identity of child
- children of minorities / indigenous groups
- child / day care services
- maternal and children’s health
- adequate standard of living of child
- children with disabilities
- physical and mental needs of child
- domestic violence and child abuse
- corporal punishment
- prevention and early intervention of child abuse
- sexual exploitation
- early and forced marriages
- kidnapping and child trafficking
- children involved in criminal activity
- children and drug abuse
- child labor and family poverty
- family and children in war and conflict
- child soldiers
- juvenile inmates
- child migrants and refugees
Submission and Publication Guidelines
Authors should submit an abstract (250-500 words, in English) and their curriculum vitae by June 30, 2016 via online submission system. Notification of abstract acceptance/rejection will be sent on July 15, 2016. The authors of the accepted proposals should submit their full papers (of high academic quality, min. 4000 max. 8000 words without bibliography; in English ), a photo and a short bio (approximately 150 words, in English) for the conference booklet to the conference coordinator by October 20, 2016. The editorial board will evaluate and ask authors to revise their papers (if needed) and resubmit camera ready copies by November 05, 2016.
The accepted papers will be published on the conference webpage and in hard copy.
Venue, Travel, And Accommodation
Conference will be held in Abuja, Nigeria.Travel and accommodation expenses of the accepted presenters will be arranged and covered by the organizers. (Maximum coverage of travel fees is 1000 USD).
Conference Coordinator: Sevde Arpaci Ayhan
In consultation with the Focal Point on Family at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the JWF Women’s Platform organized “International Family Conference III: International Family Policies” in Istanbul on November 29-30, 2014.
Family policies should always take into consideration the empowerment of women within the family, especially in their integration to the labor market.
The 3rd International Family Conference on International Family Policies was held at the Fatih College Congress Center as part of the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family (IYF+20).
The conference concentrated on scientific, policy and practical issues related to legal aspects of family in different societies. Participants emphasized the need for families to be protected and empowered in light of universal values and basic human rights.
Primarily consisting of academicians, speakers from 13 different countries shared their experiences with the best practices of family-oriented policies. The keynote speech was delivered by Katarina Lindahl, Chair of Sweden’s UN Women National Committee, and another speaker was Diana Bryant AO, Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia.
During the conference, participants were invited to wear an orange ribbon to raise awareness about the global pandemic of violence against women and girls. The ribbon is part of the United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women, with the motto “Orange YOUR Neighborhood.” The initiative encourages people to mark the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by organizing “Orange Events” in their own neighborhoods between November 25th and December 10th.
The conference was supported by the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD) from Spain, NittoKAI from Japan, Istituto Tevere from Italy, Kimse Yok Mu and MARKAFED from Turkey, Thailand Achievement Institute (TAI) from Thailand and Ufuk Dialogue Foundation from Nigeria.
At the end of the two-day conference, a final declaration was announced.
In consultation with the Focal Point on Family at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the JWF Women’s Platform organized “International Family Conference III: International Family Policies” in Istanbul on November 29-30, 2014. It was held at the Fatih College Congress Center, Istanbul as part of the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family (IYF+20).
The Journalists and Writers Foundation and JWF Women’s Platform (@KadinPlatformu) took the opportunity to join #Orangeurhood in #16days campaign via this international conference on family policies, by inviting the audience to wear the orange ribbon to raise awareness amongst our community about the global pandemic of violence against women and girls.
The video to end violence against women was also shown at the Conference. #jwf2014family
The government should take a more active role in preventing domestic violence — which is on the rise throughout Turkey and the world — stated the final declaration of a conference on violence and society organized by JWF Women’s Platform in Istanbul on November 24 to 26, 2012.
To protect the structure of the family and in order for the family to carry out its functions, the state must play an active role.
The international conference, titled “Family and Community Violence,” was held at the Harbiye Congress Center. Thirty academics from 15 countries attended the three-day conference.
In the final declaration released on Monday, experts agreed that the government should be more active in the elimination of domestic violence in Turkey, pointing out that just adopting legal measures is not sufficient. The declaration states that the family is the most important institution of society: “The emergence of violence in society threatens the family as well. We believe that the family can be the primary institution to prevent violence, and so it must be supported … To protect the structure of the family and in order for the family to carry out its functions, the state must play an active role.”
The declaration states that the government should provide mandatory psychological therapy and support to perpetrators of violence, open both public and private therapy and counseling centers, and employ experts (preferably female) on family matters in the police and military police departments, which are often the first places victims of domestic violence are seen.
Speaking during the last session of the conference on Monday, Professor Nilufer Narli, chair of the department of sociology at Bahcesehir University, said that whatever legal measures are adopted in order to prevent domestic violence, it will be impossible to eliminate domestic violence unless traditional social attitudes and beliefs about women change.
“Most men are not aware that violence against women is a serious violation of human rights,” Narli said. “I don’t think it is very effective to send men who commit acts of domestic violence to three month rehabilitation programs. This kind of education should start at an earlier age to enable men to internalize the fact that committing acts of violence on their wives is a violation of human rights.”
Sharing some statistics about the extent of domestic violence, Narli stated that 45.5 percent of women subjected to domestic violence see this as fate, according to a 2012 study on values in Turkey conducted by Bahcesehir University. She further stated that according to the same research, 59 percent of Turkish women believe they have to obey their husbands.
“According to a 2008 report released by the Women’s Status General Directorate [KSGM] of the Ministry of Family and Social Policy, 39 percent of women in Turkey have been exposed to physical violence, while 15 percent of women say they have experienced sexual violence, and 42 percent say they have been exposed to both types of violence at the same time,” Narli said. “One out of every four women living in Turkey is injured during a domestic violence incident, and even more alarming, one in 10 women says that she was exposed to domestic violence while pregnant.”
Narlı also highlighted the relationship between domestic violence and the tendency to attempt suicide. The 2008 report revealed that women in Turkey who are victims of domestic violence are four times more likely to attempt to commit suicide.
‘Drug and alcohol use is among primary domestic violence problems’
During his talk at the conference, Ilhan Yargic, a professor from Istanbul University, focused on the adverse impacts of drug and alcohol use on the structure of the family and the community as a whole. He explained that substantial research shows that alcohol and drug use are related to violence and aggression.
“A 2010 report prepared by a sub-commission of the parliamentary Human Rights Commission showed that smoking, drinking alcohol, and drug use caused young people to engage in and be exposed to violence,” Yargic said. “Research on children in penal institutions revealed the following use of these substances: 40.2 percent smoke cigarettes; 41 percent consume alcohol; 3.3 percent use volatile substances such as thinner, gum, and glue; 7.9 percent use narcotics or other pleasure-inducing substances; and 32.3 percent use two or more substances at the same time.”
Yargic cited additional research stating that 54 percent of the people who committed a crime after drinking alcohol killed people. Furthermore, 19.5 percent of the people who committed crimes and were taken to Bakirkoy Psychiatric Hospital for evaluation were reported to have alcohol and drug use disorders.
“Alcohol is one of the primary domestic violence problems,” Yargic said. “Parents, siblings, and children of people who use alcohol and drugs are affected in different ways. There are some studies that have shown that even a small amount of alcohol may affect the fetal development or life of that child. Alcohol abuse may cause violence and there may be sexual and physical harassment in the family. In most cases of paternal incest, the father who harasses his child is an alcohol addict. Alcoholism is four times more likely to be seen in children of alcoholics.”
Journalists and Writers Foundation and its Women’s Platform initiated an international conference with the focus on family issue. Nearly 600 people from more than 50 different countries participated in this two-day conference entitled “Reflections on Family as a Virtue with Respect to Religion, Tradition and Modernity” was held on November 26-27, 2010 at Rixos Hotel & Convention Center in Antalya, Turkey.
First day, the conference was started with keynote speeches. Then, two parallel sessions were held during the afternoon. After each session active debates were done with participants.
The conference touched upon some heated debates concerning family from different perspectives and approaches, and signified the vitality of the families for healthy societies among the world.
Conference proceedings consisting of presentations of 40 academics were published after the Conference.
Upon the finish of the conference, a one-day trip for participants was arranged in Antalya, which is one of touristic places in Turkey. Participants also enjoyed the dinner with Turkish families at their homes.