The Family, Child Well-being, and the Protection and Empowerment of Girls

On Friday, March 17, 2017 at 4:45 – 6:00 PM at UN Headquarters


In conjunction with the 61st Commission on the Status of Women, the Group of Friends of the Family together with civil society, is pleased to have hosted an event on the theme “The family, child well-being, and the protection and empowerment of girls.”

The family is the safest place for children to grow to maturity, particularly girls and special need children. The social science about the benefits of the family for child development is overwhelming, and replicates across borders, racial, religious, and cultural divides.

In order to empower girls from their earliest stages it is essential for governments to do everything in their power and within their means to strengthen and protect the family as the institution that has been empirically shown to provide the safest and most nurturing place for children, in particular girls and those challenged with disabilities, to flourish.

Organized by the 25 member states of the Group of Friends of the Family which includes: Bangladesh, Belarus, Comoros, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Yemen, Uganda, Zimbabwe.



The speakers presented to an overflowing room at UN Headquarters.

Kurt Kondrich, Dr. Susan Yoshihara, Valerie Huber and Dr. W. Bradford Wilcox following the event.









W. Bradford Wilcox, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia
Why Marriage Matters: How Children Benefit from Stable Marriage

Valerie Huber
President and CEO, ASCEND
Sexual Risk Avoidance: Beginning with prevention and ending with health

Kurt Kondrich
Human Coalition, Senior Director of Development
Unborn Women Can’t Make History

Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D. (Moderator)
Senior Vice President for Research, Center for Family & Human Rights (C-Fam)


Group of Friends of the Family jointly with C-Fam on behalf of Civil Society for the Family

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Co-Sponsoring Organizations: 

Civil Society for the Family represents 180 International NGOs. The organizing committee for this platform includes: Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam), Citizen Go, Derecho a Vivir, Family Research Council (FRC),, Human Life International (HLI), Institute for Family Policies (IPF), International Organization for the Family (IOF), National Organization for Marriage (NOM), and Transatlantic Christian Council (TCC).

Other Supporting Organizations:

Campaign Life Coalition, Construye, Family and Life, Family Watch International, International Solidarity and Human Rights Institute, Priests for Life, REAL Women of Canada and United Families International.