Jul 2, 2014, 5:41 PM
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Women’s unemployment linked to lack of skills

Tehran, July 2, IRNA -- Lack of skill is one of the main factors intensifying the unemployment problem among Iranian women, said a university professor of entrepreneurship.

Thursday edition of the English language newspaper Iran Daily quoted Mohammad Azizi as saying that women students, for instance, only acquire the knowledge of production in universities, but lack the skills required for performing that job.

“Government officials have so far failed to create adequate jobs for women university graduates,” he said.

He also said women university students outnumber men and this has led to a rise in the number of girls seeking jobs.

Azizi believes technological development has led to mechanization of many tasks that were previously performed manually, and this has reduced the need for manpower.

He noted that both urban and rural areas have seen a rise in unemployment in recent years, as mechanization has increased in agricultural and handicraft sectors.

“The unemployment of women has personal and social consequences,” he said.

The professor said depression and anxiety threaten jobless women, who are more vulnerable to social disorders.

Azizi said a large number of girls, who are not economically independent, are reluctant to marry while many artistic and educational fields are more appropriate for women.

“The government should support women seeking self-employment loans and provide them with facilities,” he said.

Education Minister Ali Asghar Fani said earlier women are more responsible, sensitive and better managers than men.

He added that many top administrative and management posts of Education Ministry are held by women in urban and rural areas.

“Women constitute a majority of teachers and school managers.They are also active in the ministry’s Office for Women Affairs, which is supposed to have serious participation in educational planning,” he said.

“The office should pay special attention to the education of girls and help them step into social life and raise the next generation in the best possible manner.”