North Korean Women Responsible for 90% of Family Living… Recent Increase in Divorce

[imText1]Recently, it has been found that the divorce rate in North Korea is rapidly increasing.

According to a newsletter published by the support organization for North Korea, Good Friends, on the 29th, the majority of North Korean women forced to struggle for survival are responsible for more than 90% of their family’s subsistence and must often bribe security and protection officers.

It was reported that “The majority of women wake up at 3:30 AM to make rice and work outside the home all day. On returning home, they are still in charge of domestic housework such as cooking, washing, and cleaning. For these reasons, divorce has rapidly increased.”

The newsletter also reported “In the case of North Hamkyung province, due to divorce proceedings being complicated and approval difficult, 20% of married couples are now living separately or in the process of divorcing”.

The major basis of divorce is the burden placed on women to fulfill duties both in society and within the home.

In addition, it was explained that the reason divorces rates are rising is “During the period of full mobilization to farms like in May and June, not only is it difficult to eat three proper meals a day, but the number of husbands that help in domestic affairs does not even reach 10%.”

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