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Iran: Bill on reducing women's working time, retirement age being prepared, paper

Tehran, Nov 20, IRNA-The Iranian Majlis and government are working on a plan to reduce the working time and retirement age of women, reported a morning daily in Tehran on Sunday.

"Kayhan" quoted Head of the Majlis Committee for Women and Family Affairs Ms Fatemeh Alia as saying that the government is to forward a number of bills to the Majlis in this regard.

Based on the Constitution, MPs are not allowed to propose motions which have financial burdens for the government. Therefore, the committee is working on plans to propose to the government.

The MP from Tehran said reducing women's working time and their retirement age would help further strengthen the pillars of family, wrote the paper.

The Persian-language daily further quoted her as saying that both Majlis and government support the plan and it is expected to win majority of votes in the Majlis.

Moreover, the MP noted there are shortcomings in Iran's Fourth Five-Year Development Plan (March 2005-2010) regarding the issue of women and family affairs.

In light of the said shortcomings, the committee has prepared a plan with "necessary reforms for the question of women and family affairs and will propose it to Majlis for final ratification," Alia said.

The Tehran MP was further quoted by Kayhan as saying that the committee was working on different proposals which would further ease working conditions for women.

These proposals give women the option of using 'sick leave' instead of their own authorized leave days when they are to stay at home for taking care of their sick children or husbands, she said.

Employees can go on leave for 24-30 days every year while receiving their salaries.

She further said that the committee has also asked Iranian religious leaders to examine the Children Rights Convention in order to find out the cases that are against the Islamic laws and regulations.

Ratifying the convention in 1993, the Iranian Majlis announced Iran would not implement those parts of the convention which are against the Islamic laws.

Alia also said that the committee was working on plans to provide more facilities for woman heads of families.

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