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WCF CARIBBEAN 2013 – Building a Culture of Life and Civilization of Love

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One of the major driving forces of the WCF and those of us who partner with it; is the strong belief that the root cause of many of the ills faced by societies worldwide is the complete breakdown of the traditional natural family structure and its associated traditional family values and faith.  The negative impact of this reality is well documented by social scientists, demographers and researchers.

After all a nation “is nothing but the aggregate of the families within its borders” – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.  In his inauguration address to this nation (Trinidad and Tobago), President Anthony Carmona said, “In his 1995 edition of “The Moral Compass”, William Bennett reminds us of the role the family is called upon to play in the moral development of the young person”.  Therefore it can be surmised that if we fix our families, we fix our nations, our young people and our future.  We believe that regardless of race, religion or culture there are a set of common, time tested, traditional family values that we can turn to which will build strong families, heal some broken families and by extension stabilize our nations.

It is with this in mind that the Elpis Centre is hosting its second regional conference on family values. Some key points to note are:

  • The conference is being co-sponsored by the World Congress of Families with the Caribbean Centre for Family and Human Rights as a partner
  • It is set for the 14th and 15th June, 2013 and will be held at The Learning Resource Centre.
  • There will be over twenty speakers, experts in their various fields, with most of them being from the international arena.
  • Day 1 (Friday 14th) of the conference will consist of plenaries covering a myriad of topics geared toward raising awareness of the challenges being faced by families today.
  • Day 2 (Saturday 15th) will consist of a plenaries and also workshops that will provide a forum to discuss effective strategies and solutions.

Conference Logos The Elpis Centre was founded by Rebekah Ali-Gouveia in 2009 to provide care and support to pregnant women in crisis, abortion recovery women, and the family unit.  Part of the Centre’s mandate is education with the main focus being issues affecting families.  In 2012, after a successful first regional conference, Mrs. Ali-Gouveia was appointed WCF Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean.

The World Congress of Families (WCF) ( and was founded in 1997 by Allan Carlson and is a project of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society in Rockford, Illinois. The WCF is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and people of goodwill from more than 60 countries that seek to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the ‘seedbed’ of civil society (as found in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948).

The Caribbean Centre for Family and Human Rights (CARIFAM) is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to protecting the family, human rights and human dignity. We advocate for full enjoyment of fundamental human rights for all peoples and for the strengthening of the family unit as an essential foundation of these rights.  Our ongoing programs are aimed at alleviating poverty, improving access to quality health care and education, and giving people the tools and information they need to empower themselves and their communities.We work directly with individuals, families, and communities with full respect for their dignity, cultural and religious beliefs.

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