The Estonian Women’s Union’s annual Mother of the Year award come with a condition attached that is met with increasing opposition: Candidates need to be married. A campaign has now begun to abolish this requirement.
Members of a social media group have begun collecting signatures to petition with the Women’s Union to change the rules, daily Eesti Päevaleht reported on Wednesday.
The activists point out that there are also those who are raising their children alone, along with same-sex couples, or simply couples that don’t wish to get married.
“There are so many single-raising parents in Estonia, and most of them aren’t single mothers by their own choice,” Kadi Kriit, one of the activists behind the petition, said. Kriit added that at this point they had collected some 440 signatures.
Chairwoman of the Woman’s Union Siiri Oviir commented that the award’s rules date back 20 years to when it was first introduced. According to Oviir, the award’s aim is to promote “a mother that raises children in a safe environment where a child can rely on the mother as well as the father”, and hence the mother of the year being married was one of the conditions.
Editor: Dario Cavegn