Iranian women making advance in economy
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.