The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the pace of digital transformation and boosted technologies that have benefited families’ social and economic well-being, Madam Lariba Zuweira Abudu, Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Protection, has said.
Madam Zuweira Abudu said this at a walk and Town Hall Meeting to commemorate the 2023 International Day of the Family on Monday in Accra in a speech read on her behalf.
The purpose of the event, dubbed “Families and New Technologies,” was to raise awareness about how new technologies relate to families and development.
It was organized by the Department of Social Welfare under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) in collaboration with UNICEF Ghana and CRS Ghana.
The celebration also aims at encouraging responsible parenting and child protection and raising awareness of how technology is affecting the social and economies of families.
“More families now have multipurpose devices for social interaction, job creation and business transactions,” she added.
She cautioned parents to monitor their children when they use technologies while educating them on the risks involved.
A statement read on behalf of the Chief Director of the Ministry, Dr Afisah Zakariah, said this year’s theme emphasizes the significance of embracing current and emerging new technologies to enhance healthy family life in Ghana.
UNICEF and CRS Ghana delivered solidarity messages pledging their support to the Minister for the sustainable benefit of Ghanaians.
The International Day of Families was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 through resolution A/RES/47/237. Since then, on the 15th of May every year the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection raise awareness about family-related issues and deepen the understanding of the socioeconomic and demographic factors affecting families worldwide.
Grace Acheampong, ISD