Protection of the Family | Part II

Part II: “The Family and the SDGs: Family Based Solutions to World Problems” - Protection of the Family UN Side Event, Geneva, September 15, 2104


  • Annie Franklin, Director of UN Activities of Family Watch International, Spokesperson for the UN Family Rights Caucus


Topics Covered:

How empowering families contributes to the United Nations goals. Research findings showing how family-based initiatives yield better results. Presentation on how the “Family Preservation Program” in Africa is lifting individuals and communities out of poverty—one family at a time. Regional speakers highlight family protection provisions from national constitutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Launch of the “Include the Family!” petition to the UN (already signed by over 125,000 people in 170 countries). This petition is a call to UN Member States to establish a stand-alone post-2015 UN sustainable development goal to protect the family.


Click here for introduction by Annie Franklin and the video presentation  "Voices for the Family at the United Nations" (4 minutes) by Family Watch International.





Susan Roylance, author/editor of the book The Family and the MDGs—“How Empowered Families Contribute to the UN Goals”(Note:  Mrs. Roylance's video presentation from this event is currently unavailable.

Click here to view a very similar presentation given by Mrs. Roylance at another event.)

Click here for her PowerPoint presentation.

Click here to access an electronic copy of Mrs. Roylance’s book The Family and the MDGs.


Cindy Packard, founder of Care for Life—“The Family Preservation Program: Empowering Communities and the Nation, One Family at a Time”

Click here for a video of Cindy Packard’s presentation.

Click here for her PowerPoint presentation.

Go to to learn more about the program.


Karen Bogenschneider, founder of the Family Impact Seminars—“Family-Based Approaches Yield Results.”

  • Click here for her presentation.






“Include the Family!” 

Geneva launch of the “Include the Family!” UN petition by Sharon Slater, President of Family Watch InternationalClick here for her presentation of the petition.


Regional Presentations on Constitutional Family Protection Provisions:

  • Obianuju Ekeocha, founder of Culture of Life (Africa) Click here for her presentation.
  • Mexican Senator Lisbeth Hernandez (Latin America)—Presentation not available
  • Rody de Guzman (Asia)—Presentation not available




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!