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16 December 2021

Dear readers,

At COFACE, December is the month when we warm up for the winter and Christmas break by bringing awareness to the need for positive and diverse representation in toy production, catalogues, and shops through our Toys & Diversity campaign. This is one of our key campaigns which highlights the importance of letting children decide what to play with for their creativity, imagination, learning development, and fun. Scroll down to read more on this topic.

This issue also marks the last edition of 2021 and what better way to wrap up than to let you know that we will be back in the new year with yet another exciting programme! 

Happy holidays,

Bettina
Communication Officer
COFACE Families Europe

The EU economy after COVID-19 – implications for economic governance

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The European Commission is relaunching the public debate on the review of the EU’s economic governance framework. The debate was first launched in February 2020 but later suspended to focus on responding to the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. [...]
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Early childhood education and care:
A tool for child education, reconciliation of work and family life, and a caring and inclusive economy


2 minutes reading 

This new COFACE policy brief examines early childhood education and care at the intersection of childhood, work-life balance and economics, acknowledging the impact of COVID-19 on families, underlining why it is key to invest in inclusive, affordable, accessible, and quality ECEC. [...]

  
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45 civil society actors call on EU to deliver on Renovation Wave commitment to tackle energy poverty

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Over 45 NGOs, trade unions, and social justice groups have sent an open letter to the EU Commission, urging them to start tackling energy poverty by delivering on its commitment to deep renovate over 35 million homes. [...]

  
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COFACE Welcomes New Members

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COFACE is pleased to welcome and introduce its newest members who are joining from across Europe to contribute to positive outcomes for families in a changing society. Read on to know more about the great work and expertise of Genitori Tosti, Leap Ireland, and Magenta.
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UNAF survey shows that mental health support is vital for single parents

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The health crisis has accentuated the difficulties faced by single-parent families in France which represent 24% of French families highlighting the difficulties and health consequences of being a single parent. [...]
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European Family Lab 2022 : Update on our Breakfast bytes on family support

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After a great year connecting with the COFACE Family Lab community through regular breakfast byte webinars looking at different types of supports to families (a support service, a campaign, a policy, a project, and more) we will launch a new breakfast byte series again in 2022 !
  
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OPINION -Transforming marketing and advertising of toys through positive portrayals of children in all their diversity

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The toys children play with have a powerful impact on the way they perceive the world.  Presenting positive portrayals of children in all their diversity is crucial: toy companies should take a transformative approach to ensuring their toys and associating marketing are diverse. [...]

  
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OPINION - Playing for change and a more inclusive society  

4 minutes reading

In 2020, Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) launched the Play for Change Awards to celebrate toymakers who help kids confidently navigate the world around them, in ways that show respect for themselves, for others, and for our planet.  One of the three Award categories is all about empowering children. 
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Ni Jugueto, Ni Jugueta: An inclusive toys campaign from UNAF, Unión Nacional de Asociaciones Familiares.
© 2021 COFACE Families Europe, All rights reserved.

COFACE Families Europe has been involved for 60 years in building a strong social, inclusive and family-friendly Europe. It brings forward the voice of millions of families (all types, without discrimination), gathering 58 organisations from all over Europe. COFACE Families Europe advocates for strong social policies that take into consideration family needs and guarantee equal opportunities for all families. More: www.coface-eu.org

Contact details:
Director: Elizabeth Gosme: lgosme@coface-eu.org Editor: Bettina Guigui
bguigui@coface-eu.org

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This newsletter has received financial support from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation "EaSI" (2014-2020).

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