Protection of the Family | Part I

Part I: “The Family as the Best Protector of Children’s Health and Rights” - Protection of the Family UN Side Event, Geneva, September 12, 2104


  • Sharon Slater, President of Family Watch International
  • Carolyn Handschin, President of Women’s Federation
    for World Peace International


Description of Event:

Dr. Brad Wilcox presents new research showing the protective factor stable families have on children. Renowned legal scholar, Bruce Hafen, explains the difference between children’s protection rights, autonomous rights and choice rights in the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. He examines where parental rights end and children’s autonomous rights begin. Enjoy a special presentation by children who launched “The Declaration on the Rights of Children and Their Families.”

Protection of the Family Presentations:

“The Family and the Protection of Children: What the Research Shows”

Dr. W. Bradford Wilcox, PhD degree from Princeton University, research fellowships at Yale University and the Brookings Institution, Associate Professor at the University of Virginia.

Click here to watch Dr. Wilcox’s presentation.

Click here for his PowerPoint presentation.

Click here for the Child Trends World Family Map 2014.



“Abandoning Children to Their Autonomy: Children’s Needs and Parents’ Rights in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child”

Professor Bruce C. Hafen, JD, professor and former dean of the J. Reuben Law School, former president of Brigham Young University Idaho.

Click here to watch Bruce Hafen’s presentation.

Click here for the text of his presentation.

Click here for his PowerPoint presentation.



“Declaration on the Rights of Children and Their Families”

Launch by the children of the “Declaration on the Rights of Children and Their Families”

Click here to see the clip of the children presenting the Declaration to the UN delegates and sharing their experience.

Click here for more background on the petition and to sign it.






The UN HRC “Protection of the Family” side events were organized by the UN Family Rights Caucus and Family Watch International, and cosponsored by the following additional nongovernmental organizations: 

Global Helping to Advance Women and Children (Global HAWC)
Worldwide Organization for Women (WOW)
The Foundation for African Cultural Heritage (FACH)
Latin American Alliance for the Family (ALAFA)
Women's Federation for World Peace (WFWP)
European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ)
Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam)
Family and Life
FamilyPolicy.Ru Advocacy Group
Universal Peace Federation (UPF)
Fundacion Familia Solidaria
Family Dynamics International
Asociación de Familias Numerosas de Madrid Profesionales por la Ética
Institution: Fundación Jaime Guzmán
Observatorio Internacional de Políticas Públicas y Familia, Centro de Bioética
Persona y Familia
and more!