Chilean President Sebastián Piñera announced on Friday the reform of the Civil Code, which removes the temporary minimum length of time divorced women have to wait before remarrying. The President used this change to defend that he will continue to work for full gender equality.
“Today we are announcing a law that puts an end to another form of discrimination. This has stipulated that women must wait 270 days after the first engagement before they can enter into a second marriage,” said Piñera, accompanied by the Ministers for Women and Justice and by and the General Secretariat of the Presidency.
The President stressed that the ban applies only to women and “follows a criterion for determining paternity that science and progress have completely exceeded”.
Piñera has also enacted a law that allows women on maternity leave to go to work after the emergency period set by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, pregnant women are encouraged to choose to telework to avoid contagion and allowances are extended for mothers with children under one year old.