[Letters] Employers should accommodate women first

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[Letters] Employers should accommodate women first

As your March 15 editorial “New solution for low birthrate” pointed out, there is a need to unshackle women who face problems of child care and maternity leave. Although it is legitimate for them to leave their workplace for child care, most of them are effected by the social trend of leaving for a minimum period, or not leaving at all, mainly because they are afraid of losing their jobs.

Thus, it is not the law but the employers who should change. It is virtually impossible for the employees, who are already facing child care problems, to take legitimate action against their employer. Therefore, the employers should understand that women employees face such difficult obstacles, and allow them to leave in ease.

Korean women are also afraid to raise multiple children due to extremely expensive costs of increasing private education. Thus, this is another point that the government should focus on solving.

by Lee Seung-yoon, Gyeonggi
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