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Equaling retirement age is reasonable only if men start giving birth: head of Halyk Bank

31 мая 2013, 17:27

Speaking about gender equality in terms of raising retirement age for women to make it equal with that of men chairwoman of Kazakhstan Halyk Bank Umut SHayakhmetova said it would be reasonable only if men start giving birth, KazTAG reports.

“As for the gender equality, I think that we will have it only when men start giving birth like women. Let them carry a baby for 9 months, then feed it, stay home for a maternity leave and then let them speak about equality,” Shayakhmetova said at the press-conference.

She also referred to international practices: "Virtually all the countries have difference retirement age for men and women. It is different everywhere: 75, 67 and 70 is some countries. Normally women retire earlier than men. While In our country it will be made equal for men and women,” the head of Halyk Bank said.

She reminded that actuarial calculations were not presented to Kazakhstan citizens: “We would like to see those calculations. There was a reference to $19.6 billion that supposedly will constitute a budget deficit in 2023 (if no pension reforms are made). And those calculations were said to be made by some unnamed actuaries, not no one actually saw these calculations. We haven't seen them either. We would also like to understand why 2023. Why not 2015 or some other year?” she said.

Chairwoman of Kazakhstan Halyk Bank Umut Shayakhmetova. Photo by Danial Okassov©

Chairwoman of Kazakhstan Halyk Bank Umut Shayakhmetova. Photo by Danial Okassov©

“They are talking about some numbers and taking important decisions based on them and then say that these numbers were calculated by someone unspecified. I don’t know why this is happening. There are unanswered questions and I think that everything should be properly analyzed first, proper justifications should be made and only then we should move forward,” Shayakhmetova said.

Last week Kazakhstan Senate approved the draft law reforming the pension system in the first reading. According to the law, the retirement age for women will be gradually raised during 10 years from 58 to 63 in steps of 6 months every year starting from January 1, 2014.

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