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

VP: Iran's Gender Gap Rating is Not Real-- Necessity of Accuracy in Statistics on Supporting Female Household Heads

The Vice President of Women and Family Affairs said, "The gender gap in Iran is not in line with reality, because the reporting system is clearly flawed and needs to be reformed

Sunday 08 July 2018 - 16:59

At a National Empowerment of Women Heads of Households meeting, Massoumeh Ebtekar said, "More accuracy and attention needs to be dedicated to issues of livelihoods for families headed by women who are covered and supported by the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation, the State Welfare Organization of Iran, the Social Security Organization, etc. Certainly, some of them have been left with government support schemes and attention needs to be paid to their employment and support”.

The Vice President for Women and Family Affairs continued, "Fortunately, the Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research collaborated with various organizations to work on female household heads and provided adequate reports on their situation."

Ebtekar mentioned the memorandums of the Department of Women's and Family Affairs and the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare with the Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research, adding that the occupation of female head of households is important because the vulnerability of this group is higher than other segments of society, thus special attention should be paid to this group of the community.

She added, "There are many reports of entrepreneurship-focused education and vocational training, but it is extremely complicated to create jobs and income for home run businesses, although this sector has much potential for female led-households. According to the reports submitted, we see that women are more comfortable with informal spaces"

Ebtekar continued, "A wide range of Iranian women are educated in the provision of medical and health services and we should not imagine that women can only work in such fields as handicrafts."

The Vice President of Women and Family Affairs said, "Unfortunately, we are having difficulty in discussing the statistics of domestic jobs, and some statistics classify Iran as a backward country in the field of domestic jobs. But this is not true because the level of domestic jobs in Iran is between 14%-16%."

The vice president added, "The gender gap rating in Iran is not realistic, because the reporting system is pitted with inaccuracies and should be corrected."

Source: Translation of the Vic Presidency for Women and Family Affairs


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