Marianna Shchetkina: Support to young families in Belarus is vital for birth rate

Marianna Shchetkina: Support to young families in Belarus is vital for birth rate

The V All-Belarusian People's Assembly has begun in Minsk today. The forum opening ceremony took place at noon. The Belarus President is speaking at the forum.

Alexander Lukashenko is summarizing the prospects of socio-economic development of the country, concerns and ways to address them. The speech also focuses on foreign policy, partnerships with various countries and integration associations with emphasis on trade and economic cooperation. It is expected that the head of state will take part in the second day of the forum too.

The CTV Channel is extensively covering the main political event of the year.

Quality of life is the main priority of the next five years. What does it mean? What are the criteria of quality of life? How is it measured?

Marianna Shchetkina, delegate at V All-Belarusian People's Assembly, the Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus:
Everyone measures the quality of life manually. This is a guarantee of employment, decent wages, peace, stability and housing. This is life of man who can afford what they want. People taking part in today's event say that the most important thing is peace and stability, development and quality of life. We need to focus on youth, family, happy childhood of our children and us.

I would like to remind you of our communication 5 years ago. You told me about the "demographic scissors" that you wanted to remove in the coming years. Scissors have finally been removed. What will happen next?

Marianna Shchetkina:
You know, we have to watch the real situation. Now the main thing is to support the institution of the family, young families. So that fertility does not decrease. The target indicators included in the program of socio-economic development is to increase the total fertility rate to 1.75. It is necessary to create better conditions for the family. Including for women. We need to ensure that they can combine family and professional responsibilities. I think at today's assembly, we will hear lots of interesting suggestions. In general, the activity of the society, even compared to 5 years ago, has grown. And everyone has some suggestions.

So there is motivation.

Marianna Shchetkina:
Yes. But I also have suggestions because the Belarusian Women Union sent me here as a delegate and asked me to announce the proposals that concern women. As the chairwoman of the Belarusian Union of Women, a non-governmental organization, I have every right to come to the microphone and voice something women in Belarus want.

I have no doubt that you will use this right.

Marianna Shchetkina:
I must do it.