Addressing changes in family structures: Adapting family policies to global changes in family life
Family benefits apply in fewer countries (approximately 80) than healthcare and pension cover. Family policies are consequently being called into question:
- Should they be tailored to suit individual needs, protect the right of the child, women’s rights, the right of each member of the family, or focus on the family “unit” irrespective of its specific make-up?
- Should they be universal or concentrate on the aim of tackling poverty facing families and children in particular?
- Should they focus on financial redistribution or offer services and equipment to families?
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