A battle for Korean mothers
I completely agree with the op-ed “Pointing a finger at Korean women,” which ran on Page 8 of the September 25th edition of the Korea Joongang Daily.
Chun Su-jin’s article was very interesting to me because I also relate to this problem as a Korean woman. As you said, Korean society is not ready to solve the low birthrate. In spite of women’s rapidly-growing societal participation, a suitable child-rearing policy for women has still not been established.
The recently mentioned theory that Korea’s population will go extinct was a kind of a wake-up call. Although we already recognize that the low fertility rate is the most urgent problem in our society and the government has tried to change it, the change is too gradual and mild to stop the momentum at this rate.
Now, it’s time to take much more substantial actions by revising the current policy, which is designed to raise the birthrate. For example, building more high-quality public nursery facilities would help.
Only when a people, a society and a country all work well together can we find ourselves in a place where we will be talented workers and good mothers, not in a battle-like life where today’s Korean mothers live, as you said.
by Lim Chun-mi Student at Seokyeong University