The President emphasized that one of the main goals of his Government is “to promote and stimulate motherhood. We want there to be more children in our country but unfortunately, the birth rate is falling. Fewer children are born every day. And that is why our country is getting older.”
The President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, accompanied by the First Lady, Cecilia Morel, the Environmental Minister, María Ignacia Benítez, and the National Women’s Service (Sernam) Minister, Carolina Schmidt, attended a breakfast to mark Mother’s Day.
The President emphasized that one of the main goals of its Government is “to promote and stimulate motherhood. We want there to be more children in our country but unfortunately, the birth rate is falling. Fewer children are born every day. And that is why our country is getting older.”
He added that this is the purpose of the six-month postnatal maternity leave, which is “better than what we had previously – not only because it increased from 3 to 6 months, but also because it involved the father. After all, never forget that two people are involved in having a child and so it is a commitment for both of them: the mother and the father.”
Likewise, he underlined that “today, there are two and half million working women of child-bearing age in Chile, who know that if they become pregnant, they will be able to be with their children during the first 6 months, which are the 6 most important months of their lives.”
President Piñera continued, “we want motherhood to be more pleasant, more appreciated, more accompanied and also more shared.” He added that “we have just announced that we are going to create a universal system of day-care centers for all mothers who need them, for them to know they are not alone in caring for, raising and stimulating their children. This is how we are going to achieve a better country.”
Finally, the President called for “a change with regard motherhood, because fewer and fewer children are being born in our country and each day our birth rate drops, which is leading to an aging population. This is why our Government is committed to life, to motherhood, to women, and to the family, so that hopefully we can return to a higher birth rate and more children will be born in our country.”