Spring Semester 2010
“Families in the 21st Century – The Responsibility of Government in Maintaining a Successful 21st Century Family.”
Objective: “To propose new concrete ideas that could be the base for government to think about new laws. In particular, I will propose new ideas on how the government could act in a way that benefitsthe traditional Belgian family of the 21st century from external and/or cultural influences.”
Lecturer: D. Daenen Course: Report Writing
In today’s world, a lot of families explode in Belgium. Unfortunately, the Belgian government doesn’t make a lot to protect the families. Having said that, I had the conviction that solutions of protection existed. This wasprecisely the goal of my report.
Indeed, my objective was to propose new concrete ideas that could be the base for government to think about new laws. In particular, I have proposed new ideas on how the government could act in a way that benefits the traditional Belgian family of the 21st century from external and/or cultural influences.
Therefore, I spoke about the marriage. In fact, I gave sometechnical explanations of what the marriage is in order to have the same basis of understanding.
Then, I explained the role of the Belgian government in term of protection of the family. Because I was convinced that it was important that everybody knew that it is one of the main government’s roles.
Afterwards, I made a definition of my perception of both a traditional and a successful family ofthe 21st century so that you understood my point of view.
I further explained my position with the subject.
In the next section, I described the different threats (Parental Control on Children, Individualism Inside Society, Marriage of Convenience, Forced Marriage, Sects) that the government has to face to maintain a successful traditional family in the 21st century.
Then I showed how divorcecould become a cost for the government because only few people are aware of that and that I thought it was important to notice in this report. Moreover, it gave an economical reason for the government to protect successful the traditional family of the 21st century.
The fifth section of the report has been designed to develop a possibility or more for each threat that can affect the traditionalfamily (Teach to Parents How to Avoid Deviances, Increase Mediation to Avoid Divorce, Explain how Dramatic Divorce Can Be for their Children, Reduce Social Allowances, Establish More Controls over Marriages, Advertising of Existing Association Fighting Against Forced Marriage, Make People More Aware that Sects Represent a Threat).
Finally I made two very concrete propositions of measures to beestablished by the government in order to offer, to the traditional families of the 21st century, a better protection.
What I found out during this report is that solutions exist and that the government has to take its responsibility. Moreover, it was a very good period to introduce new idea to be added to the programs of the political parties. Indeed, elections should in principle occur on the 13 ofJune which is unexpected for my propositions to be voted.
Table of Contents
1. Preface: 5
1.1. Forward: 5
1.2. Acknowledgement: 5
2. Introduction: 6
3. Position Statement : 8
3.1. Declaration of Human Rights : 8
3.2. Role of the Belgian Government: 9
3.3. Definition of my Perception of a Traditional Family: 9
3.4. Definition of my Perception of a Successful Family: 103.5. My Position: 11
4. Problems Statement: 11
4.1. The Threats: 11
4.1.1. Parental Control on Children: 11
4.1.2. Individualism Inside Society: 12
4.1.3. Marriage of Convenience: 13
4.1.4. Forced Marriage: 13
4.1.5. Sects: 14
4.2. Problems of Poverty Engendered by Loneliness: 14
5. Possibilities: 15
5.1. Teach to Parents How to Avoid Deviances: 15