By Maryam Iraj
Edelmira Barreira Diz , born in 1978 in Verin, is a Spanish politician with a degree in Political Science and Administration from the University of Santiago de Compostela. But she has been using her administrative skills to get people busy under the sheets. Yes, you got me right. She is the Minister for Sex, Sex Tsar, in Spain to ensure the baby boom.
In February 2017, Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, appointed her as Commisioner for the Demographic Challenge (“Comisionada para el reto demográfico”) in order to boost the nation’s failing population growth rate. According to a study, Spain’s population will drop 11% by 2050. It will be a depopulated nation dominated by elderly and singletons. According to a report, the country will have lost 5.3 million inhabitants, or 11% of the current population, by the middle of the century.
“The number of childless couples tripled between 1977 and 2015; from 1.5 million to 4.4 million according to the latest issue of Panorama Social”, a report released by Funcas, an association that funds studies into social and economic issues in Spain. Since 2008, the number of births in Spain has fallen by 18 percent. Spain had one of the lowest fertility rates in the EU in 2014 at an average of 1.32 children, just above Greece, Cyprus, Portugal.
Among these dangerously low birth-rate, Spanish government has appointed a ‘sex tsar’ to help boost the country’s “catastrophically low” birth rate .
Young couples who have reportedly blamed being “too tired after a full day at work” and “late nights” for the decreased sex drive, will be encouraged by their employers to have flexible hours to enjoy sex with their partners to have produce babies.
Faced with a rapidly declining population, the Senado de Espana has tasked the demographic expert, Edelmira Barreira, to sort out the problem.
In 2015, Spain reported a higher number of deaths than births for the first time in its history.
Below the European Union’s figure of 1.58, statistics revealed Spanish women between 18-49 reportedly had an average of 1.3 children in 2015.
Spain’s figures means it has one of the lowest in the developed world while many European countries are seeing a decline in birth rates.
Spain’s birthrate has fallen by 18 percent since 2008, and between 1977 and 2015, the number of childless couples tripled from 1.5 to 4.4 million, according to the latest report by Spanish social and economic think tank, Funcas.
Spain’s education ministry claimed that the declining birth-rate “aggravates other economic imbalances and generates important ‘impacts’ in the Welfare State,” reports Spanish news site ABC.
Rafael Puyol, of the IE Business School in Madrid told, “people are often too tired after a full-day at work and blamed long working hours and late nights for the decrease in sex drive.
He said: “They do not help with making a family. Then a child arrives and it is even worse.”
This is not the first time a government has gone to the extreme of promoting baby making. In 2014, Danish government ran a nationwide campaign “Do It For Denmark” encouraging couples to procreate — which apparently had a positive effect on the birth rate.