Serbia promises "money for doing nothing" to new mothers 

After declaring that Serbia will perish if women don't have more babies, President Vučić promised financial incentives to boost birth rates. But critics say his plan inelegantly implies that women are mere baby-making machines.

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Why this story matters:

After a ridiculous slogan campaign, Serbia unveiled its Population Plan, which aims to bolster its ageing and declining population. The strategy foresees different levels of financial incentives for mothers, depending on how many children they have. 

During a press conference, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić proudly noted that, over a period of ten years, the country will pay out 30,000 euros to mothers with three or more children for "doing nothing."

By "doing nothing," Vučić means raising children on such a "generous amount." 

Several civil society organizations were irked by Vučić’s request for women to "understand Serbia’s needs and have more children." They responded by saying that Serbian women are "not baby-making machines" and rightly pointed out that it takes much more than a single policy to improve natality rates. 

One might have thought that after coming up with the slogan "Give birth, don't delay!", the Serbian government could not possibly invent anything more insulting to women, but Vučić may have achieved just that.

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Details from the story:

  • According to the Statistical Institute, Serbian population went down by 385,000 people between 2006 and 2016. 
  • Vučić's Population Plan envisages at one-time payment for Serbian mothers amounting to 845 Euros for their first child, 85 euros per month for two years for the second one, 100 euros per month for 10 years for the third child, and 18,000 euros over the course of ten years for the fourth child.
  • Payments will start in July 2018 and will be available to parents of children born January 1, 2018 or later.
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