.- As Motherâs Day was marked in Spain on Sunday, the president of the Institute for Family Policy, Eduardo Hertfelder, commented, âThere isnât much reason to celebrate it,â as mothers âare not only underappreciated in Spain, they also lack the supportâ of the government.
Hertfelder noted that mothers in Spain âdo not have the necessary social and political support.â Although âMotherâs Day is widely celebrated in Spain and expresses a social appreciation for mothers and for maternity,â the support of the government âis ridiculous in Spain, as Spanish public policy for the family is the stingiest in all of Europe.â
The economic, legal and social obstacles âare so great that Spanish women are not guaranteed the right to have the number of children they desire, and the obstacles that prevent that are not eliminated,â he continued. Therefore, âwe are not only last in Europe in assistance per child, we are the country that provides the least help to families,â Hertfelder stressed.
He noted that the âbalancing of professional life and family life is still very deficientâ in Spain and that âwhen a couple has a child there is no public assistance policy allowing one of the spouses to request a leave of absence to care for their children.â
âPublic officials are not eliminating the obstacles that prevent couples from having the children they want,â Hertfelder indicated, adding that for this reason the birth rate in Spain is declining, with relief coming solely from immigration in recent years.