On March 9, 2023, the president of Hungary, Katalin Novák, will deliver a lecture, titled “The Calling of the Christian in Politics: What We Can Achieve,” followed by a Q-and-A with students at Ave Maria University in Florida. (video below)
Novák’s lecture focuses on the importance of faith and family. As a devoted Christian, Novák firmly believes that faith and family values are integral to the growth and development of individuals and society. She hopes to inspire students to prioritize these fundamental aspects of life and use them as a foundation for their personal and professional pursuits. Novák’s visit to Ave Maria University is an incredible opportunity for students to learn from a trailblazing female leader who is making a positive impact on the world. Her insights and experiences are sure to inspire and motivate students to pursue their dreams and make a difference in their communities.
Madame president was elected first female President of Hungary on March 10, 2022, and is the youngest, elected at 44. She took office May 10. In 2014, she became Hungary’s State Secretary for Family and Youth Affairs at the Ministry of Human Capacities, eventually becoming Minister of Family Affairs in October 2020, a position she held until December 2021.
For example, government expenditures on families have risen from 3.5 percent in 2010 to 6.2 percent in 2022. Hungary’s total fertility rate has grown from 1.25 to 1.56 during this decade, which is the highest growth in the EU. Compared to 2010, by 2020 the number of marriages in Hungary had grown by 89 percent. The number of abortions has fallen by 40.9 percent over the last decade; the last time there were fewer terminated pregnancies in a year was 1954. From July 2021, for the first time in Hungarian history, Infant Care Allowance surpassed the previous net salary.
On Novák’s initiative, 2018 was celebrated as the Year of the Family in Hungary.
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