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Katalin Novák elected Vice Chairman of the International Women’s Democratic Union

Katalin Novák, State Secretary for Family and Youth Affairs at the Ministry of Human Capacities, has been elected Vice Chairman of the International Women's Democratic Union in Washington, DC.

The International Democratic Union (IDU) held its semi-annual meeting in the US capital last week. Katalin Novák gave a rousing speech during the conference held at the Ronald Reagan Center in the capital. The State Secretary spoke about Hungarian family policy, along with the aims and means of its unique support system. 

Novák emphasized that the aim of the Hungarian government is not to encourage families to have children solely for money, but so they won’t have to give up childbearing because of financial problems. “We want women to be able to make choices and not give up the career they want, even if they are raising a child. This is what we want to provide,” she said.

On the second day of the conference, politicians elected new leadership at the organization’s women’s section, the International Women’s Democratic Union (IWDU). Laura de Esteban, a Spanish politician and former MEP, was elected as Chairman, and Katalin Novák, along with five other women in politics, was elected Vice Chairman.

The IWDU provides a forum for conservative, center-right women. The organization is committed to freedom, justice, human rights and democracy, and its members believe that women have a key role to play in upholding and preserving these values.

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