2022 United Nations International Day of Families

2022 United Nations International Day of Families is on May 15, 2022.

The 2022 theme is “Families and Urbanization” to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable and family-friendly urban policies.

UNDESA will organize a virtual/online panel discussion that will include presentations from academics, civil society and urban authorities on Friday, 13 May, 10:00-11:15 AM (Eastern).

Learn more at https://www.un.org/development/desa/family/international-day-of-families/2022-2.html

McManus Development Fund Event: June 24th @ AAFCS


DoubleTree Hotel – SeaWorld

FRIDAY, June 24, 2022

6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Check AAFCS Program for Room Assignment.

Registration for this in-person event is $50 – with $40 as a tax deductible contribution.

Special Student Registration Rate – $10

Light refreshments will be served during the event.

The contribution portion of your registration will be used to support the IFHE-US Disaster Assistance Partnership (DAP) to assist with establishing a Home Economics Program at Aishalton Secondary School in Guyana, South America.

The program for the Cultural Evening will share the development and progress of the Aishalton School Home Economics Program.  Dr. Audrey Jones-Drayton, IFHE member from Barbados has worked closely with the project and will coordinate the presentation.  We will also have the Aishalton Home Economics teacher, Miss Vickey Smith, join us.  You’ll learn what has happened and what the current needs are to support and advance the program.

E-mail your registration by June 13, 2022 to marykmerwin@gmail.com  so that we can plan for adequate refreshments and handouts. 


            Checks payable to IFHE-US Development Fund

            Mail to:  IFHE-US

                           Luann Boyer, Director Finance

                           22500 Road 21

                           Ft. Morgan, Co 80701

            Credit Card at www.ifheus.org and select Sharon McManus Cultural Event

If you will not be able to attend the AAFCS Conference in Orlando, FL, you can still participate in this event.  It will be provided by Zoom at a later date.  Please register to receive the Zoom link  of the event by sending your name and e-mail address to marykmerwin@gmail.com.  We hope that you will be able to make a tax deductible contribution that will be used by DAP Fund for the Guyana project.

Abstract Submissions for World Congress Extended

We are pleased to inform you that the submission deadline has been extended to October 1, 2021, for all abstracts (research, best practice, exhibition, and meetings).  We are mindful of the continuing effects of the COVID 19 pandemic.  We respect the concerns shared with IFHE leaders around the world, concerning the status of vaccinations and international travel.

At this time, there are already 140 abstracts submitted!  All colleagues are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts for review, no matter your presumed travel status.  As the United States prepares for the Congress, we continue to monitor the situation and are exploring strategies to meet the needs of accepted presenters who might be prohibited from traveling by country or institutional mandate.  

More information on how to submit can be found here.

2021 Sharon McManus Cultural Event: June 13th 6 pm CST

The annual IFHE-US Sharon McManus Cultural Event in support of the IFHE Development Fund will be virtual again in 2021 via Zoom.  The Development Fund is an endowed fund to provide opportunities for resolving the impact of global issues upon families; to form partnerships with organizations with mutual concerns; to collaborate on studies and research; and accumulate resources for intensifying educational efforts.  International grants are provided for these purposes.  Currently grants are in India and Pakistan.

The Cultural Event is named in honor of Sharon McManus, a long time IFHE member and Director of IFHE Development, who coordinated the Cultural Events for 15 years. We will be recognizing her contributions to IFHE and IFHE-US during the program.

DATE:  Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

PROGRAM FOCUS:  Expanding on the IFHE International Theme of Age-friendly Homes and Communities, the program will focus specifically on Family Challenges and Resources for Caregivers. 

INTERNATIONAL PANEL:  Canadian Panelists, Dr. Janet Fast, University of Alberta and Dr. Nora Spinks, CEO of Vanier Institute for the Family; Caribbean Panelist, Dr. Audrey Porter DaCosta, University of Technology of Jamaica; and U.S. Panelist, Dr. Karen Goebel, Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin. 

WHO IS INVITED:  In addition to our IFHE-US members and friends, we are also inviting our Canadian and Caribbean colleagues to join us.

HOW TO REGISTER: To register for this virtual Zoom program, please send your name and email address to Mary Kaye Merwin, IFHE-US Director of Development, at marykmerwin@gmail.com

DONATIONS ACCEPTED:  There is no registration fee for this event, however, contributions will be accepted to the IFHE-US Development Fund in whatever amount you wish.  Normally, when we have been able to meet in person, we have had a $50 registration fee with $25 going toward food and room and $25 as a contribution to the fund.  Attached is a form for donations. 

IDEAS FOR REFRESHMENTS:  To continue the event’s tradition of fellowship around cultural foods, we invite you to pour a glass of wine or punch and an appropriate snack.  Our Caribbean partners have provided the following link to their IFHE Cookbook with many great ideas.  Download it at:  https://online.flowpaper.com/7bee0792/ROBERTSCOOKBOOK2020FAWDIGITAL/#page=1


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NAME:  _______________________________________________________________

E-MAIL ADDRESS:  _______________________________________________________

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT MAILING ADDRESS:  ____________________________________


AMOUNT:  ______________________________________________________________


            Luann Boyer

            IFHE-US Director, Finance

            22500 Road 21

            Ft. Morgan, CO 80701


PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON OUR IFHE-US WEBSITE.  The donation portion of our website is presently under maintenance, but should be up in mid-May.  Instructions on how to use this option will be forwarded to all who register.  The website is:


IFHE warns against feminization of digital divide

The priority theme of the 59 th session of the United Nations Commission of Social Development is

“The role of digital technologies on social development and wellbeing of all”.

IFHE used its consultative status with the UN to submit a written statement and call on member states to focus on participation of women in digitalization.
Read the full IFHE statement at the UN website (https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/united-nations-commission-for-social-development-csocd-social-policy-and-development-division/csocd59.html) or at www.ifhe.org.