A journalist looks at a screen showing a news release from the South Korean Ministry of Interior about the birth card with the number of women in the fertile age, in his office in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. South Korea, the government closed its web site that drew fury for the display of the number of women in childbearing age by each city, district and region. The letters on the left top read “Birth Card.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea, the government closed its web site that drew fury for the display of the number of women in childbearing age by each city, district and region.
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The Ministry of Home affairs, the website with the pink birth card remained closed on Friday, a day after the launch, instead show a warning that the site is undergoing corrections to reflect the public opinion.
The website was gone offline after just a few hours after criticizing the government is trying to shame women for not having babies. A number said that the government treated the birth rate problem as with respect to any of the women, which suggests that there is still no picture of the men was used on the website.
With pink as the main colors, the site included information on the birth rates, the benefits of local authorities on the rearing of children, the average marriage age, and other data. On the top of the website, it showed a picture of a woman kissing a girl.
In the birth-chart, the regions with a higher number of female inhabitants in the age of 15-49 were colored in dark pink, while the regions with a lower number of these women were depicted in light pink. The site is also recommended that a classification of regions by the number of women aged 15-49.
Users can see how many women that a baby has lived in their neighborhood for the past 10 years.
Many users reacted with surprise and anger, saying that they don’t understand what the number of women who may become pregnant, has to do with encouraging people to have more babies.
“I felt so angry that it is obvious to see was how the government saw women the body as the country’s reproductive’s, not that of the woman,” said Lee Min-kyung, a 24-year-old feminist writer. “I felt like nothing has changed and the hatred of the women who I encountered appeared again.”
The government had touted as a tool to help public understanding of the country’s low birth rate and compare the benefits of local authorities for having a baby or raising a child.
“It is created to stimulate the local authorities to learn and to compare with other governments’ benefits and the promotion of free competition,” the ministry said in a press release distributed at the time of the launch. Calls seeking comment were not answered Friday.
South Korea it is difficult for the stimulation of the rock bottom birth rate, one of the lowest in the rich countries. This year, the country also saw the growth of the vocal feminist movements protest misogynistic views reflected in the policies of the government and pop culture.