Uganda today joins the rest of the world in celebrating the International Day of Families.
The Day, held annually on May 15, celebrates the importance of families, people, societies and cultures around the world.
It is also used to respond to the changing social and economic problems affecting the structure and stability of family units.
The celebrations for the day is underway in Bududa district under the theme; “Peaceful Family: A safe environment for Child Growth and Development.”
State Minister for Gender and Culture Peace Mutuuzo in a message issued as Uganda marks the Day says “this year’s theme explores the role of families and family policies in contributing towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16 which is peace, justice and strong institutions.”
Mutuuzo says that the government is aware of the fast rate at which the family institution is disintegrating, and as such, has established a number of institutions to mitigate the breakdown.
Such institutions include Family Courts, the Family Protection Unit at police level and Family Affairs Department in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.
Mutuuzo also observes that financial difficulties and failure to balance work and family have facilitated a general breakdown in cultures and family values across the country.