Serbian Mothers Protest Cuts In Parental Allowance

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The FINANCIAL — Several hundred mothers and pregnant women have staged a protest in Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, against cuts in state financial support for families with children.

The women, accompanied by husbands and children, including babies, marched through central Belgrade to the Serbian government headquarters, blowing whistles and singing children’s songs.

The protest was organized by Mothers Are The Law, an informal group organized on social media.

Three months ago, Serbia’s lawmakers adopted controversial changes to the law on financial support for families with children, which provide for the reduction of financial allowances for young and future mothers.

According to the changes, the monthly allowance for young mothers in Serbia was reduced to 1,000 dinars (less than 10 euros).

The measure comes despite the government having set a goal of increasing natality rates back in 2016.


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