The Position of Hungarian Women is Enviable in an International Comparison
At the 62. meeting of the UN Committee on Women's Situation, Katalin Novák, State Secretary for Family and Youth of the Ministry of Human Resources (Emmi) stressed that 90% of women in Hungary have children or want to have children, meaning that family policy is an important tool for women's support. The United Nations is organizing this meeting every year around women's day, which is one of the largest events of the world organisation, as not only the politicians of the Member States, but also the NGOs dealing with the situation of women participate on it.
Many people "envy" Hungarian family policy and the situation of Hungarian women, which is very good in international comparison. As an example, equal access to education can be mentioned and the fact that already more women graduate than men.
Members of the Hungarian delegation have emphasized in the speeches on Hungarian achievements and good practices that family policy was an important tool for women's support. The government seeks to give women freedom of choice: they can stay home for up to three years after giving birth to their children, but they can return to the labor market while not falling away from state family subsidies.
Female employment stands at almost 62%, but it still challenging to make the labor market more flexible. This will be assisted by family and career points that open across the country, as they are about to support flexible employment in the country, bringing together employers and contractors.
The Committee's recurring topics include early childhood intervention and the problem of domestic violence. The latter is a problem in almost every country and is nowhere completely resolved.
During the committee's meeting, the Member States will also organize side events, in which they will present a "glance" of their actions to support women and the achievements of women. In Hungary, this year, the nursery system of Hungary was presented, as well as the success story of talented Hungarian women in rural areas - linked to the highlighted topic of the situation of rural women.