Empowering Individuals, Families and Communities through Home Economics: Confront Poverty and Social Exclusion
Since March 21st, 1982, IFHE has celebrated the World Home Economics Day every year. In 2013 it focuses on the theme: “Empowering Individuals, Families and Communities through Home Economics: Confront Poverty and Social Exclusion”. It is related to the IFHE Campaign planned for the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2014.
Individuals, families and households, are the basic and core units of societies and economies. The functions of families and households are multifaceted and wide ranging. They serve the needs of their internal members and influence the economic, political and social framework of societies to meet their demands and needs.
But if an individual, family or household fails in fulfilling the daily challenges this often ends in poverty, hunger and social exclusion. Failing in income generation leads to material poverty, failing in socialisation and child care may lead to poor education. People living in poverty often do not dare to make their position known and this may intensify their situation and lead to social exclusion. In addition, the social, political and economic settings have a major impact on the opportunities for individuals and families to meet basic needs.
A knowledge of Home Economics can strengthen and empower individuals and families. Home Economics education is recognised as the most important precondition for families and households to improve their lives and to prevent poverty. To support people living in poverty and to reduce social exclusion Home Economists around the world advise families and individuals.
The International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) is the only worldwide organisation concerned with Home Economics and Consumer Studies. The fight against poverty and social exclusion and the empowerment of individuals, families and communities is one of the main focuses of the IFHE and its members.
IFHE is an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO), having consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC, FAO, UNESCO and UNICEF) and accredited by the UN Department of Public Information.
The IFHE calls Home Economists and Home Economics organisations around the world to promote Home Economics education and services and their role in reducing poverty and social exclusion worldwide on WHED 2013 and to support the IFHE Campaign 20th Anniversary IYF 2014!
The IFHE aims to:
- promote recognition of the knowledge and competencies of Home Economists and how they can empower families, individuals and communities to confront poverty and social exclusion,
- focus attention on families and individuals as active members of communities to confront poverty and social exclusion,
- set economic, social and political frameworks which enable individuals and families to use their full potential and overcome poverty and social exclusion,
- put confronting poverty and social exclusion as a priority on the national and international political agenda.
For more information related to the theme the IFHE has published a Statement about WHED 2013. The statement is available at www.ifhe.org .