Iran: Only 7% of unemployed women heading households receive government support

Iran: Only 7% of unemployed women heading households receive government support

Published by on December 18, 2015

Women-Poverty-Iran-300The Iranian regime’s deputy for Social Affairs in the National Welfare Organization revealed that only 7% of women heads of households across Iran who are in need of social welfare assistance receive government support.

“There are 2.5 million female heads of household throughout Iran, of whom 71% have lost their husbands and 11-12% have got divorce,” Habibollah Massoudi Farid announced on Thursday adding that the National Welfare Organization covers only 180,000 of such families, (State-run Mehr news agency, November 26, 2015).

He pointed out that 67000 of these women became head of household because their husbands were disabled, 63000 because their husbands died, and 35000 because they got divorced.
Farid also revealed that 36 percent of female heads of household are over 60 years of age, 40 percent are between 40 to 60 years old, 16 per cent are between 31 and 40, and 8 per cent are under 30 of whom 1.5 per cent are under 20.

This is while Vahideh Negin, the Iranian regime’s Labor Minister Advisor on Women’s Affairs,announced that almost 87 percent of Iranian women are economically inactive.

In addition, some officials of the clerical regime have in recent years opposed women in occupation, claiming that it “harms the family.”

On November 18, Mullah Yousef Tabatabaei-Nejad, Friday Prayer Leader and Khamenei’s representative in Isfahan, declared, “It is not a woman’s right to work. Man works and provides for the expenses and woman must get her money from the man for the house chores.”


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