Ira­nian women mak­ing ad­vance in econ­omy

Tehran Times - - WOMEN -

TEHRAN — The grow­ing rate of women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties has been a step for­ward al­though women are still far from their ideal sit­u­a­tion, Fate­meh Mo­qimi, the chair­woman of the as­so­ci­a­tion of Ira­nian busi­ness­women said.

Speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony of a na­tional congress on women and de­vel­op­ment which was held in the city of Shi­raz on Wed­nes­day, Mo­qimi stressed the need to ac­cel­er­ate women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties.

Around 3,000 Ira­nian women hold com­mer­cial cards, how­ever, the real num­ber of women par­tic­i­pat­ing in eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties is con­sid­er­ably greater than this num­ber, Tas­nim news agency quoted Mo­qimi as say­ing.

The ma­jor­ity of women in dif­fer­ent en­ter­prises hold sec­ond-rank po­si­tions and it is not be­cause of fi­nan­cial lim­i­ta­tions, but, lack of self-con­fi­dence in women, she added.

Out of the 3,000 busi­ness­women in Iran, only 700 women are mem­bers of en­trepreneur women as­so­ci­a­tions, Mo­qimi said, adding, cur­rently the as­so­ci­a­tion of Ira­nian busi­ness­women have branches in 18 prov­inces.

Only the head of the cham­ber of com­merce of Khuzes­tan Province is a woman and in some prov­inces the cham­bers of com­merce have fe­male mem­bers, win­ner of the Is­lamic De­vel­op­ment Bank (IDB) prize for women›s con­tri­bu­tion to de­vel­op­ment in 2012 noted.

Mo­qimi crit­i­cized con­sid­er­ing a share of 30 per­cent for women in man­age­rial posts, em­pha­siz­ing that any ap­point­ment should be qual­ity-based rather than gen­der-based.

Iran is at 124th place world­wide in terms of women’s con­tri­bu­tion in eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties, Mo­qimi said.

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