15 May marks the occasion of the International
Day of Families 2013, and as every year, COFACE organised an event coupled
with a book launch to mark this Day. The book, entitled Fertility rates and
population decline: No time for children?, published by the Oxford University
Press Palgrave MacMillan includes the latest research from leading
Their converging views suggest that the world
population is set to decline by 2050 and the serious consequences could include
slower economic growth, labour shortages, reduced consumption and considerable
pressure on women to fill the gaps in the labour market alongside caring for
their children and elderly relatives. The book concludes that in future,
families may need far more assistance to reconcile work and family life.
Some interesting thoughts, that emerge from the
- The landscape of childbearing is changing: we
can observe a world-wide trend towards the postponement of parenthood and
growth in unwanted childlessness.
- Research evidence shows that countries with
liberal and inclusive family definition recognising all family forms have
higher fertility rate.
- Well-being of children depends also on the
recognition and value of the family forms they are coming from.
- Well-being of children and reconciliation of
work and family life depend on the policy package available, leave system,
labour market opportunities and available care options, not only the individual
- Care is not a women’s issue only, but a
collective responsibility of the entire society.
- Maternity leave is not a break! Women should be
fully paid, and have easy access to return to the labour market, key to good
Press release 14/5/13 : Investing in children is the key to Europe’s demographic future!
Published on 09 Apr 2013
Updated on 07 Jun 2013