Date
21 July 2017
Many respondents cite the high cost of living and their busy work schedule for not wanting to have children. Photo: Bloomberg
Many respondents cite the high cost of living and their busy work schedule for not wanting to have children. Photo: Bloomberg

Four in 10 HK women don’t want to raise children: survey

About four in 10 women in Hong Kong don’t want to give birth and raise children, according to recent survey.

In the survey, conducted by the Hong Kong Women Development Association in April, 42 percent of the 475 respondents said they had no intention of giving birth to children, Metro Daily reported on Thursday.

The ratio is close to the results of a similar survey conducted last year, the newspaper said.

The respondents cited high cost of living, insufficient space at home and busy work schedule as the main reasons for not wanting to have children.

Other respondents pointed to the lack of government support for double-income families and insufficient nursing rooms in public places.

A closer look at the survey results indicated a more positive view, however.

About 53 percent of the respondents with monthly family income less than HK$12,000 said they wanted to have children, and 64 percent of those under 29 were also willing to raise children, up 20 percentage points from last year.

Association vice chairperson Au Yeung Po-chun urged the government to review and fine-tune its population policy.

She suggested the government offer preferential measures such as childcare allowance and more childcare services.

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