North Korean leader Kim Jong Un implored women to take a leading role in halting the drop in birth rates and raising a new generation of “socialist and communist” children in a moving speech at the Fifth National Conference of Mothers in Pyongyang.
Kim Jong-un was seen addressing thousands of North Korean women in a video taken on Sunday during the National women’ Meeting in Pyongyang, urging them to procreate in order to combat the nation’s declining birth rate, according to Sky News.
“Dear Mothers,” Kim Jong-un began, “Preventing a decline in birth rates and good childcare are all housekeeping duties we need to handle while working with mothers.
“These tasks include bringing up their children so that they will steadfastly carry forward our revolution, eliminating the recently-increasing non-socialist practices, promoting family harmony and social unity, establishing a sound way of cultural and moral life, making the communist virtues and traits of helping and leading one another forward prevail over our society, stopping the declining birth rate, and taking good care of children and educating them effectively.
“These belong to our common family affairs, which we need to deal with by joining hands with our mothers.”
The United Nations Population Fund estimates that North Korea has a declining fertility rate, with 1.8 children born to per woman. This is a worrying trend for a country that wants to increase its population.