Highlighting home economics themes

World Home Economics Day (WHED) was initiated as a public relations event in 1982, and since then each 21 March highlights a home economics theme we feel deserves public attention. Our 2022 focus is "Building resilient homes and families".

2023: Waste Literacy

The world’s enormous waste problem won’t be “solved” by just dumping it. We need to come up with better ideas to minimize waste generation and preserve natural resources. Waste Literacy, the knowledge about waste reduction and sustainable consumption, is an essential building block to achieve a sustainable future.

Whether through solution-based research, education or community outreach, Home Economists increase knowledge on how to responsibly manage resources at household and consumer level. Waste Literacy transforms the way people think and act towards waste and creates new habits.

Home Economics knowledge is fundamental in achieving a sustainable future and plays an important role in changing our everyday behaviour. Because sustainability starts at home.


Please share the official announcement for World Home Economics Day 2023. The website members area will be continually updated with useful resources that offer an international perspective on waste literacy. Look forward to IFHE President Gwendolyn HUSTVEDT message at the IFHE youtube channel channel, curriculum materials and online learning opportunities or a kick-off webinar in January 2023..

2022: Building resilient homes & families

Homes are the most important haven & asset in peoples’ lives. More and more, global developments such as climate change, pandemic and war affect the wellbeing of household members. This year's World Home Economics Day (WHED) focus is on our profession’s contribution to make homes safer and more resilient.

IFHE and many home economics association worldwide celebrate WHED with special events. Here, we highlight two of them:

Webinar series on housing

Housing and indoor environment is a home economics discipline spearheading education & research on building resilient households. IFHE housing experts share their expertise on aspects such as environmental health, consumer choice or housing insecure populations (available at the IFHE youtube channel).

National competition

The German IFHE organized a competition and awarded projects related to home economics skills that strengthen the resilience of families and households. Winner was an association which creates jobs in the field of care of the elderly and thus provides respite for households through the support services. Another prize wend to a 23-year-old home economist who developed teaching materials for pupils in the 8th and 9th grades.

Virtual regional conferences

Member organizations in Asia have been organizing high-level conferences on the occasion of WHED for decades. This was the case again in 2022, when experts from China, Thailand, Japan and Malaysia spoke under the leadership of the Asian Regional Association for Home Economics. Likewise, the Philippine Home Economics Association celebrated with just over 2000 virtual participants (find detailed reports in the Members Area).

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