Protecting the dignity and rights of women represents a legal and moral obligation of a state and society, and how they are treated is an important criterion signifying the civilization level of a given society.
The fate of women in a capitalist society is like a seed fallen on ice. “Respect for women” remains only in words and the existence itself of a woman is the synonym of social inequality in the human rights tundra.
Unequal right to work and daily occurrence of family violence are the epitome of ill-treatment and denial of rights suffered by women in the capitalist society. It is none other than women who are employed most hardly and fired most easily. Even the Western mass media are lamenting that for a woman to find a job in the capitalist society is as difficult as “getting a quart into a pin pot.”
However, the promulgation of the Law on Gender Equality 75 years ago, has enabled the women in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to take part in political, social and cultural life on an equal footing and exercising equal rights with men.
To enjoy equal rights and freedom with men – this was an age-old desire cherished by the Korean women accounting half of the country’s population.
The Korean feature film “Cradle” is about an actual character named Kim Duk Ran, who was one of the first women deputies of the DPRK widely known to the Korean people.
Born into a poor peasant’s family as the eighth child, she had no future owing to grinding poverty and the old practice of inferior treatment of women. Even marriage brought her nothing but the sorrows of a kitchen maid and heavy sighs of grief.
It was not until President Kim Il Sung made her the owner of land and the country that she could lead a new life, and under his warm care, she became an exemplary farmer, an official and the first woman deputy of the DPRK.
A kitchen maid grown into the first female deputy of the DPRK – this vividly showed how the Korean women took a dramatic turn in their destiny from the scorns of family and society to the masters pushing one of the wheels of the revolution.
Today, the Korean women are freely participating in state and social activities and exercising their legitimate political rights at the power organs of all levels.
National priority is given to the role of women, the mothers bringing up posterity who would decide the future destiny of the country. In this regard, women in the DPRK are benefitting from social preferential treatment policies. The Korean women do not know the meaning of “childbirth expenses” and “hospital charges”, and they give birth to and bring up children while being granted a subsidy equivalent to 100% of their living expenses even during maternity leave. And after delivery, women take active part in social activities without any worries, for there are nurseries and kindergartens not only in residential districts but also in factories and enterprises and the expenses for nursing and upbringing of children are totally borne by the state.
The dignity and honour of our Korean women are shining at the height of glory and happiness as we uphold in high esteem respected Comrade Kim Jong Un, yet another peerless great man.
He faithfully carries forward the noble will and cause of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il. Thanks to his love of giving importance to and respecting women, they are leading a worthwhile life as the flowers of the country, life and family while fulfilling their duties for the prosperity of the country and bright future of posterity and for the unity and harmony of the society and family.
Women are all over the world, but no woman is blessed with the leader and is leading a dignified and proud life through generations like the Korean women.