The World Congress of Families is Expanding its Homophobic Agenda into West Africa The far-right organization recently held a regional conference in Accra. Rev. by Innocent. The conference which is on the theme: "The African Family and Sustainable Development: Strong Families, Strong Nation". The World Congress of Families (WCF) is a United States coalition that promotes Christian right values internationally. The coalition defines "the natural family" as the "union of a man and a woman in a lifelong covenant of marriage"[15] and works with other organizations such as the World Family Policy Center at Brigham Young University (BYU) to promote its views. [59], The 2014 WCF conference was scheduled to be held in September in Russia,[60] and is being promoting as "the 'Olympics' of the international Pro-Life movement supporting the Natural Family". FEATURED: The Most Befitting Memorial In Honor Of The Late J. J. Rawlings... Family Renaissance international, a national coalition for proper human sexual right in collaboration with world Congress of families, yesterday, held a press launch ahead of this year's African regional conference which is scheduled in October. "[36], In London in 2012, the WCF were refused permission to hire out the facilities of the Law Society for an event entitled One man. [61] Because of the situation in the Ukraine and Crimea, planning for the conference was suspended. [21] It was added to the SPLC's list of active hate groups in 2014. It opposes same-sex marriage, pornography, and abortion, while supporting a society built on "the voluntary union of a man and a woman in a lifelong covenant of marriage". [64] Larry Jacobs has been a strong advocate of the Russian LGBT propaganda law, commenting that "The Russians might be the Christian saviors of the world"[65][66] The coalition stated "Russia, with its historic commitment to deep spirituality and morality, can be a hope for the natural family supporters from all over the world"[67] Jacobs commented that "The Kremlin used to be a no-no for conservatives," but added "We're going to redeem that building. The WCF responded to hate group designations by publishing a report addressing the 25-plus accusations made by the SPLC and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), including their labeling the WCF as a hate group. The conference will take place from October 31-November 1 2019, at the Conference Hall of the Ghana Shippers' Council Building, Ridge Enclave in Accra, Ghana. [10][11][12][13], Allan C. Carlson, President of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, initiated the congress on the basis of article 16c of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, saying: "The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state". Venue Of The Conference. The conference was organized by the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage. [43][44], In August 2014, the WCF held a regional conference in Melbourne Australia[7][45] that was met with protests. [70] other speakers at this year's event include the President of Moldova Igor Dodon -- a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hungary's ultra-conservative Families Minister Katalin Novak[71] and a senior figure in the Russian Orthodox Church, Dmitri Smirnov, were also listed as speakers. UPDATE: GCB Bank Fire Started From Storeroom [69], The 2019 WCF conference was held in March in Verona, Italy. [16] The Human Rights Campaign called WCF "one of the most influential groups in America promoting and coordinating the exportation of anti-LGBT bigotry, ideology, and legislation abroad" and stated that their international conferences comprise "the most fringe activists engaged in anti-LGBT extremism". The World Congress of Families (WCF) is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a Christian right coalition of far-right, anti-gay Christian groups. [10][11][12][42] As of AugustĀ 2014[update] The WCF partners listing includes several groups that are also listed as anti-gay hate groups by the SPLC, including American Family Association, Family Research Council, and Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. African regional conference is the regional wing of the World Congress of families that holds her conference annually to dialogue on issues comforting natural families. However, the conference also seeks to engage some of the best brains with the fear God from within and around the world, who have the best interest of the African continent at heart to sit in a very engaging, insightful and meaningful dialogue to look at the paradigm of the family marriage and parenting, as it was meant to be; and highlight trends that are opposing the natural family, the place and power of poverty in destroying the family unit and its values, external influences, attack on the children and the youths, and many more troubling and challenging issues bedeviling the family and come up with solutions that could serve as a policy position and drive for Africa's sustainable development.