It can be well said that the biggest happiness for a mother is to bring up her children in a secure environment with nothing to envy in the world.
Having the great leaders in high esteem, our women are leading a happy life, the happiest in fact, enjoying the benefit and care bestowed upon them by the state and the society.
President Kim Il Sung , soon after the liberation of the country, proclaimed the Law on Gender Equality, and also undertook and wisely led the project of bringing up the children on social expenses so that all women across the country, who had just been liberated from the shackles of feudalism, would actively participate in the social life and productive labor.
Our women were then raising their numerous sons and daughters laboriously, subjected to backbreaking labour in the fields with the children either on their sweaty backs or at the edge of the paddies under the scorching sun. They didn’t even know the term: “nursery school.” President Kim Il Sung considered the issue of establishing a nursery school system on state expenses as the top national priority and saw to it that the first state-run nursery school be opened at an early date. When the nursery school finally opened, he personally named it: “March 8 Nursery School”.
Though short, it is a name that symbolizes the miraculous change in the fate of our women, the same women who had to accept with resignation the humiliation and ill-treatment despite all their labour with the tedious domestic chores; the reflection of the legendary and dreamlike reality where the women became masters of the country and their children are brought up on state expenses with the advent of the liberation of the country.
According to the plans formulated by the President to open more state-run nursery schools based on the first nursery school’s managing experience, big and modern state-run nursery schools as well as small ones were built across the country.
As a result, nursery schools were built in the major industrial complexes of the country and temporary and seasonal nursery schools were organized and run in the rural areas during the busy farming season to help female farmers work without worry.
In 1970, owing to the development of healthcare system for polyembryony and orderly education system for orphans, the number of nursery schools increased by 4.6 times and the number of children by 3.6 times across the country compared with the year 1960. At that time our country took the first place in the world in terms of the overall number of nursery schools.
Now whenever a new street and village are built up in our country, the best sunny spots are allocated to nursery schools and kindergartens. The number of state-run nursery schools built since the opening of the first of its kind in February 1948, is literally countless.
Thanks to the system for nursing and upbringing of children aimed at raising children of preschool age at the expense of the state and society, our women are participating in the social life without any inconvenience.
When the sophism: “Avoid being born a woman; should one be born a woman as a divine punishment, avoid at least the mistake of being a mother” goes viral in the western world, our women feel the happiness as mothers free from all worries under the care of the state – this indeed is the pride and honour peculiar to our women.