the vice presidency for Women & Family Affairs Isalmic Republic Of Iran

Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Office of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran





Wednesday 13 December 2017 - 15:41

History:

With the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, great developments took place in the Islamic Republic of Iran. One such significant development was the enhanced participation of women in various social, cultural, political and economic areas under the influence of the Islamic Revolution. Under the considerable emphasis of the late founder of Islamic Revolution on the presence and participation of women in all areas of society, including in the fundamental decisions making process of the country, previous restrictions on the way of mass participation of women in society affairs were lifted.

In the second decade of the Islamic Revolution, the Cultural and Social Council of Women was established in 1987 as a subsidiary of the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council as the first policy making and planning council for women in the Islamic Republic of Iran. After that, authorities at the Ministry of Interior set up an office for women to organize and harmonize activities in the executive branch of power to enhance the status of women. Therefore, the foundation of women affairs commissions were formed in 1989 in the Interior Ministry. The first such Women Affair Commission was established on a pilot basis in the city of Qom (Qom Governor’s Office). In 1990, Women Affairs Commissions were established all across the country.

In 1991, the first Advisor to President in Women Affairs was appointed and the Office for Women Affairs was set up in the Office of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In the third decade after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the necessary infrastructure for women and family affairs was set up and founded in Iran, marking the beginning of a greater movement to enhance the status of women. In 1998, the Office for Women Affairs of the Office of the President was promoted to the Center for Women Participation Affairs and for the first time the Head of the Center became a member of the Cabinet of Government. Later, the Center for Women Participation changed its name to the Center for Women and Family Affairs and was promoted to a department known as Vice President for Woman and Family Affairs. With the election of President Rouhani, the Vice President for Women and Family Affairs continued its activities to enhance the status of women in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

 

Address: Sixth Floor, No. 162, Nejatollahi Street, Enqelab Street, Tehran, IRAN

Tel: 0098 21 88897774

Fax: 0098 21 88941689

www.women.gov.ir

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 Vision:

The Iranian woman enjoys human dignity, spirituality, health, welfare and peace, security, capability, power of free and responsible choice in a dynamic and prosperous society with fair access to its resources and opportunities as well as solid foundation of family. When the Eleventh Government came into office, it adopted and promoted moderation as its approach towards formulating the Six National Development Plan of the Islamic Republic of Iran. With reference to the Vision 2015 document, and the General Policies of the State circulated by the Leader of Islamic Revolution, and also the campaign promises, slogans, strategies and plans presented by the honorable President, as well as the policies stipulated in the Six National Development Plan on the necessity to “strengthen the foundation of family and the status of women in family and the enforcement of the legal and legitimate rights of women given their constructive role in society”, the government was obligated to help realize gender equality as a branch of social justice and create gender balance in managements, labor market, familial and social roles of women and men and … .    

 

Organization Chart of the Vice President for Women and Family Affairs

 

 

 

Vice President for Women and Family Affairs

The Office of the President

 

 

Mission Statement

The Vice President for Women and Family Affairs affiliated to the Office of President in a national authority for the realization of gender equality in society as well as developing and promoting the social assets of women and families. The mission of the Vice President Women and Family Affairs is to make policies and plan, guide, monitor and assess the measures of governmental and non-governmental organizations to ensure alignment with the goals of national development plans and promotion of gender equality in macro planning of the country.

 

Principles

The Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, as a trans-sectoral and national authority, has defined and formulated goals and strategies within the framework of the following principles:

  • All-inclusive participation in all the sectors of development
  • To create gender balance among the roles of women and men in all familial, economic, cultural, social and political sectors
  • To guarantee individual, familial and social security for women
  • To encourage cooperation between men and women to set up a healthy, sustainable and prosperous family

 

 Long term Main Goals

The main primary goal of the Vice President for Women and Family Affairs is to improve the status of women and family and step up the trend of development in the country with the participation of people from all walks of life.

The most significant and primary goals of the Vice President for Women and Family Affairs include the following:

  1. To strengthen and improve the function of family with a view towards respecting the capabilities, rights and responsibilities of its members
  2. To promote the status and position of women in family and society
  3. To consolidate the power of free and responsible choice among women
  4. To remove challenges and obstacles on the way of the more active participation of women in all areas related to the development of the country
  5. To develop and promote social asset of women and families

 

Strategies

Following are the main strategies of the Vice President for Women and Family Affairs since the Eleventh Government came into office in 2013:

  1. To identify and prioritize issues related to women and family affairs

The needs and priorities of women and family affairs should be identified in order to improve their status in society. It is necessary to study the status of women based on statistical benchmarks. This was undertaken in the form of 180 subject maps used to categorize the needs and priorities of women and families in provinces. Several complementary researches were undertaken to identify the demands of the Iranian women and families as well as the training needs of the relevant non-governmental organizations.

  1. To manage resources and capacities

One of the most significant measures taken by the Vice President for Women and Family Affairs was to identify the current capacities for development. On such a basis, a number of current capacities were identified in various geographical levels. Non-governmental organizations were identified at the local level; Governors General’s offices at the regional level; governmental organizations and ministries at the national level; and international organizations at the international level. Bilateral cooperation capacities were also identified. Memoranda of cooperation were signed with other countries to exchange experience and knowledge. Experts of the Vice President for Women and Family Affairs participated in several international conferences in order to expand international communications within the framework of the above-mentioned goals. Extensive cooperation was also promoted with scientific centers, universities and seminary schools.

 

  1. To coordinate and boost trans-sectoral synergy

Given the necessity of harmonizing the efforts of various executive organizations to enhance the status of women and families, the Vice President for Women and Family Affairs tried to create synergy of resources and cooperation through concluding several memoranda of understanding with the relevant government organizations.  

 

  1. To promote specialized networked cooperation between the civil society and government

One of the main strategies of the Vice President for Women and Family Affairs is to utilize the capacity of civil society in realizing its goal at the local, regional and national levels. Using the strategy of capacity-building through training and improvement of the capabilities as well as increasing the opportunity for local and regional cooperation, the Vice President for Women and Family Affairs managed to develop specialized and participatory activities and networked cooperation between the civil society and government institutes.  

 

Main Activities:

On the basis of the above-mentioned strategies during 2013 and 2015, the Vice President for Women and Family Affairs has taken the following main activities by policy making, planning, guiding and identifying legal vacuums and presenting solutions, reforms, and legal amendments with the goal of realizing gender equality and mobilizing facilities with an emphasis on deprived areas and villages through cooperation and interaction with the relevant executive organizations and utilization of the capacities of non-governmental organizations, research centers and universities to target various women groups (women heading households, university female graduates, elite women, distressed/harmed women, vulnerable women, self-employed women, housewives, women living in villages, female nomads, women entrepreneurs, female students, and …) at any age bracket:   

 

  1. To study the structure of women- and family-related organizations and institutes to formulate an effective and efficient structure and create more fruitful organizational communication to respond to the demands of women and families across the country
  2. To study, monitor and assess the status of women and families in order to devise plans to improve the indexes of women and family status (developing the encyclopedia of women and family status, preparing 31 provincial reports of the status of women and family, drafting reports in the five main areas related to women including family, health, labor market, social security and social disorders)
  3. To establish interaction with the centers of policy making, legislature and decision making and present the necessary proposals and solutions
  4. To empower women economically and socially through creating an atmosphere of participation and developing training, skill education as well as technical and vocational skill training, and supporting women employment with an emphasis on small businesses, household business, and strengthening women cooperatives in particular for women heading households, women living in villages and female nomads as well as female graduates of universities
  5. To improve the level of literacy among women and increase the educational coverage of girls deprived from school, as well as to empower women and raise their public awareness to promote a healthy life style and the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of women
  6. To identify and promote plans to control and reduce social disorders especially in illegal settlements and expand social supports for distressed and vulnerable women as well as disabled women
  7. To follow up the implementation of the supportive and insurance system for various female groups such as housewives and to formulate supportive packages for employed women (civil servants, laborers and …)
  8. To support women managers, elites, researchers, technologists, innovative and university graduates to increase their participation in various aspects of society in particular the knowledge-based economy and also to support the formation of knowledge-based companies and commercialization of national plans
  9.  To design networks of cooperation between the government and civil society and empower the representatives (managers) of non-governmental organizations
  10. To exchange experience and conclude memoranda of understanding with other countries and to participate in international conferences in order to strengthen international communication to boost the status of women and family
  11. To present proposals and recommendations to reform, change and revise rules and regulations related to women and family affairs

 



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