[Letters] Take greater pride in childbirth
The fertility crisis poses a threat to the existence and future of Korea. Korea currently has the lowest fertility rate in the world. Thus, the Korean government should give practical and effective solutions to resolve the low fertility issue.
First of all, the Korean government should provide a childbirth-friendly social system and atmosphere. A considerable number of women still think that becoming pregnant will prevent them from maintaining their job and getting promotions. The Korean government actually guarantees maternity leave by law, which allows female workers to receive salary during a break of 90 days before and after childbirth. Nevertheless, in reality, a lot of women workers have difficulty going on maternity leave due to pressure from their bosses. Korean society should recognize pregnancy as a honorable and valuable thing.
Moreover, the government should provide safe and reliable facilities for babies. Korean society still tends to expect mothers to perform the role of child care. So mothers sometimes have to give up their jobs because children need special care until they become at least four to five years old. Child care facilities that have security and are offered at affordable prices are necessary. The government should give financial assistance and subsidies to improve the quality of existing facilities.
Overall, the Korean government should seriously work on making a childbirth-friendly atmosphere and invest in child care facilities for the bright future of Korea.
Sohn Seong-eun, Songpa District, Seoul