The Turkish government has unveiled a new incentive program to encourage working women to have more children, in an effort to avoid the decline of the Turkish population, the Hurriyet Daily News website reports today (January 8, 2015).
Under the new plan, the government is pledging 300 Turkish liras for a couple's first child, 400 liras for the second, and 600 liras for the third, while also easing conditions for new mothers to return to their jobs after maternity leave.
"After the end of maternity leave, mothers with one child will have the right to work part-time for two months, mothers with two children for four months, and mothers with three or more children for six months. They will receive full wages while working part-time," Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said today.
The government's new incentive program is part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's long-term policy of encouraging "at least three children per family."