For the Minister of Family, Birth Rate and Equal Opportunities, the possibility for women who have one or more children to bring forward the retirement age is a “way to recognize the social value of motherhood”
Law 194 is a “balanced” provision that “no one in the majority has ever said they wanted to touch”. This was stated in an interview with ‘La Stampa’, the Minister of Family, Birth Rate and Equal Opportunities Eugenia Roccella.
“Meloni said throughout the electoral campaign – as perhaps no woman on the left has ever repeated so much – that law 194 should not be touched and no one in the majority has ever said such a thing – continues Roccella – We talked rather about also implementing the first part of the law, never seriously put into practice by the public administrations, if anything by the voluntary sector.The problem, we have said so many times that it is boring, is: if a woman wants to have an abortion only because she has economic problems, shouldn’t we help her? 194 provides for it, which is a balanced law. Otherwise having children becomes a privilege of the rich. And in any case, I reiterate once again that the concrete application of 194 is the responsibility of the Regions. The State cannot intervene, and in every case the minister is not me but Orazio Schillaci”.
There possibility for women who have one or more children to bring forward the retirement age, “it doesn’t seem like a discriminatory rule to me at all. First of all it is a recognition – she underlines – We have talked for a long time about the social value of motherhood. Motherhood has increasingly become an exclusively private fact. Women do care work , raise children, give birth. They do something that is not only private. When feminists said that the private is political, they did not mean that one’s own affairs had to be public, they meant exactly this: that things concerning housework, care, these are things that must enter the public space, they must have value. Politics must also make this transition. It is a way of recognizing the social value of motherhood. Women do a job that is not only private but is for everyone, they carry on the humanity, but it is not socially rewarding”. In the sense that “if I say ‘I’m a manager’ I have a social status, if I say ‘I’m a mother’ nobody cares. So being able to retire earlier is above all an acknowledgment of social value of motherhood“.