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21 September 2016

Belarus mulls over social research on family relations and birth rate in 2017

MINSK, 20 September (BelTA) – A sociological study entitled as Family building, stability in family relations and birth rate amid the changing social and economic living standards of Belarusians will kick off in Belarus in January 2017, Marianna Sokolova, head of the project to support the implementation of the national demographic security program of the Republic of Belarus, told BelTA.

According to Marianna Sokolova, the preparations for this large-scale social survey are nearing completion. “Belarus will be the first European country where the research will be run with the help of a new strategy of the UNECE’s Generarions and Gender program, which is an absolute novelty with the use of tablets. Partaking in the survey will be 10,000 respondents from all the parts of the country,” she said.

The survey will be conducted by the Center of Sociological and Political Studies of the Belarusian State University. The project will be run from January to October 2017.

On 20 September Minsk played host to a seminar on demographic issues for Belarusian media representatives. The seminar was organized by the UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) and held as part of the project to support the implementation of the national demographic security program of the Republic of Belarus, financed by UNFPA and the Government of the Russian Federation.

The main goal of the seminar was to determine the key themes and forms to popularize the state program “The health of the nation and demographic safety of the Republic of Belarus” slated for implementation in 2016-2020. The seminar was used as an open platform to hold a dialogue between journalists, representatives of government bodies and organizations, foreign experts (among the participants was Director of the Center for Social Demography and Economic Sociology of the Institute of Social and Political Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergei Ryazantsev).