Opposition Socialist-Párbeszéd prime ministerial candidate Gergely Karácsony promised on Thursday to get the Istanbul Convention ratified and guarantee equal wages for men and women if he wins the upcoming general election.
Referring to international women’s day being celebrated on Thursday, he said “the real women’s day in Hungary will be April 8” when voters go to the polls and can express their wish for the equal treatment of men and women in Hungary.
If Socialist-Párbeszéd form the next government, they will introduce effective measures against domestic violence, improve infant and kindergarten care, and increase the wages of women working in creches, he said. Families will get a chance to decide how many children they want and women will not have to choose between a family and a career, he added.
Socialist board member Zita Gurmai said that as long as Viktor Orbán remained as Hungary’s prime minister, the issue of equal opportunities for women would not progress.
“Some ruling party politicians in this country take the liberty of hurting women”, she said, adding that poverty was prevalent among workers and the number of women forced to live in poverty was growing. “It’s bad to be female, poor and a democrat in Hungary today,” she added.
In government, Socialist-Párbeszéd would introduce equal wages for men and women in the constitution, she said.
Green opposition LMP pledged to help more women participate in parliament and public life. Bernadett Szél, the party’s prime ministerial candidate, also vowed to introduce equal pay and schemes that help women raising children return to work.
Women account for only 10 percent of parliamentary lawmakers while they make up for 52 percent of society, she noted. Society with women in more roles tends to be more balanced, she said.
The Liberals, allied to Socialist-Párbeszéd, stated the same goals as the other two opposition forces in respect of women.