First Lady of Iran Zohreh Sadeqi, spouse of President Seyed Mohammad Khatami, on Tuesday said Iran's main focus was on how to improve rural women life-style and address their issues, IRNA reported from Islamabad, Pakistan.
Sadeqi said that Tehran had relentlessly been focussing on the issues of the rural women in order to improve their life style.
The first lady was speaking at the third session of the Regional Steering Committee for the Advancement of Rural and Island Women for Asia and Pacific Region.
Elaborating on the measures being taken on this count, Sadeqi said that increase in literacy ratio among rural women, increase in female school-children population, and rural women access to loan, land and training were some of the instances of the government policy.
Sadeqi made mention of formation of rural women cooperatives, enhancement of their participation in local planning process and the expansion of the healthcare and training programs for women. The government, sadeqi added, was utilizing the experiences and successful programs of other countries to improve the condition of rural women.
The first lady noted the government policy was aimed at promotion of cooperation among governments, civil societies and private sectors.
About the summit, sadeqi expressed the hope that it would help the member countries take major strides in the direction of well-being and prosperity of rural and island women.
With regards to general trends in any society, sadeqi said that discrimination against women was incompatible with all aspects of human dignity and norms of social behaviors and a barrier against participation of women in political, social economic and cultural affairs.
"It definitely is a serious obstacle to nurturing the latest capabilities of women which can be harnessed for their own countries but also for mankind in general," she maintained.
The first lady described the deep-rooted discrimination against women as a result of traditions, customs and cultures of various societies.
As a universal norm, sadeqi added, all human beings are created equal and they should, therefore, be able to enjoy equal rights without any discrimination whatsoever.
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