President Novák Addresses UN Commission on Status of Women
Katalin Novák at an earlier visit to the UN.
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President Katalin Novák addressed the annual session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York on Monday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.
In her speech, Novák reiterated Hungary's "firm commitment to peace" and noted that a Hungarian ethnic community of some 150,000 live in the west of Ukraine.
She urged the body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women to view its mission from the perspective of motherhood.
"My only message to you today is that we cannot support women effectively if we don’t take into account the fact that most of them, most of us, will be...or are already mothers," she said.
She added that young girls and women around the world shouldn't be forced to "choose between motherhood and a professional career" but should be given "the freedom to decide if and when to start a family and if and how many children to have".
She said that over 6% of Hungary's state budget is earmarked for family support.
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