Jul 19, 2014, 6:29 PM
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IKRC supports 1m women breadwinners

Tehran, July 19, IRNA -- Iran has 2.56 million women householders of whom more than one million are under the protection of Imam Khomeini Relief Committee (IKRC), said IKRC advisor on women's affairs.

Azar Esmaeili added that 49.94 and 50.6 percent of female breadwinners live in the urban and rural areas respectively.

She noted 81 percent of these women have lost their husbands and 13.28 percent are divorced while the rest have become breadwinners due to disability, migration or disappearance of the heads of their families.

She said that 14, 12.5 and 17 percent of women householders are in the age groups of 21-40 years, 41-50 years and 50-60 years respectively while 36 percent of them are aged over 71 years.

Esmaeili said that more than 50 percent of such women have involuntarily become breadwinners after the age of 50.

"A number of underprivileged women breadwinners have to live in houses located on the outskirts of cities," she said adding they are exposed to various social disorders.

The official pointed out that 273,716 women-headed households are living in the underprivileged regions of the country.

She said that 357,000 unmarried women are supported by IKRC, 60 percent of whom are living in rural areas.

Meanwhile, deputy head of IKRC for cultural affairs Akbar Mirshekar said that 6,295 divorced women covered by IKRC, have remarried.

He put the divorce rate among the young couples, covered by IKRC, at 1.7 percent.

He said 160,792 of girl school students and 58,675 of female university students are presently supported by IKRC.

"IKRC has held training courses for 308,354 women living in the underprivileged regions of the country," he said, adding 10,993 women, covered by IKRC, have so far become literate.

Esmaeili said earlier IKRC, as the biggest supporter of women householders, is making efforts to improve the services it provides to them.

She said IKRC is in close cooperation with the Presidential Office's Department for Women and Family Affairs since its establishment.

To improve services provided to women householders, IKRC's representatives have participated in a large number of meetings held by ministers' advisors on women's issues, she pointed out.

"IKRC has organized several conferences on issue pertaining to women householders and their outcome has been fruitful," she said.

Esmaeili noted that identifying problems facing such women and reviewing duties shouldered by related organizations are among the objectives of these conferences.