KINCS has attended the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

On March 11, 2019, the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women began in New York. The Hungarian governmental delegation was led by Attila Beneda, Deputy State Secretary for Family Policy, while representatives of the Maria Kopp Institute for Demography and Families (KINCS), the Hungarian Women's Union, the Single Parents' Center and the Parents' House Foundation were also present.

In connection with the session, the Hungarian Women's Union held a side event on the skills, productivity and employment opportunities of rural women. The President of the Hungarian Women's Union, Margit Batthyány-Schmidt, presented the organization's comprehensive domestic and international activities aiming at rural women. Attila Beneda, Deputy State Secretary, presented the results of the Hungarian Government's comprehensive family policy measures and the details of the Family Protection Action Plan. Lotta Folkelsson, Swedish farmer and chairman of the CSA-Cogeca, an organisation of the United Nations dealing with rural women, spoke about the invisible work of women living outside the city, especially the wives of farmers. Judit Regős presented the work of the Parents' House Foundation.

Balázs Molnár, Vice-President of KINCS, presented the work of Maria Kopp the name giving person of the Maria Kopp Institute, and reminded that Mária Kopp has founded the Roundtable on Population 10 years ago. He has pointed out that work-based and family-oriented Hungarian social policy has proven successful, as since 2010, the total fertility rate has increased by 20%, and female employment has increased by 25%. He has outlined the motivations behind the creation of 71 Family and Career Points in Hungary by local governments, NGOs and churches in the form of consortia. The purpose of Family and Career Points is to promote the participation of mothers with small children in the labor market, to promote atypical ways of employment and to support women in providing services through reconciliation of work and family life.

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