They have to work more than their brethren elsewhere in the nation and have no time to raise a family, says Nguyen Thien Nhan. “Reports from local media saying city women are lazy about giving birth are not right, the objective reason is that they work too much. They are too busy to have time to spend with their family and have children,” Nhan said at an online conference on Monday. The city’s current birth rate is 1.33 children per woman, much lower than the national average of 2.1. It has the lowest birth rate of all localities in the country. A similar phenomenon has been observed in several developed Asian countries like South Korea and Japan, which have failed to take the rate beyond 1.3 and are facing a labor crisis. Nhan, who used to head the country’s steering committee on population and family planning, said that a 2017 study had revealed that on average, Vietnamese work 44 hours per week, about five and a half days. People in HCMC, the nation’s commercial hub, work 54 hours, or about six and a half days, a week. He said it was a problem that has to be given serious consideration. “The… Read full this story
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