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2/18/07

Iran: Many women heads of households still struggling

TEHRAN, Feb. 18 (Mehr News Agency) -- Women do not feel any anxiety about their future, as long as they feel the umbrella of a husband over their head.

However, when they become alone and experience the problems of being the head of a household, they realize that providing for the family expenditures is not as easy as they had imagined.

Efforts must be made to understand the problems of women heads of households who are attempting to provide for their families.

They face thousands of large and small problems, sometimes with no support.

There are 147,000 women heads of households in Iran being supported by the Imam Khomeini Relief Committee, and 55,000 who receive no support.

Yet, due to lack of funding, the financial assistance provided by the Welfare Organization and the Imam Khomeini Relief Committee is not sufficient to lift the poorest ones out of poverty.

Today about six million Iranians are living below the poverty line who are not supported by any organization as they eke out a living.

The main problem women heads of households are facing is the question of their employment, government official Zohreh Tabibzadeh-Nuri said.

Training programs which do not lead to employment should not be initiated, added Tabibzadeh Nuri, who is the managing director of the Women's and Family Affairs Organization and a presidential advisor for women's affairs.

In previous years, insufficient funds were allocated for the employment of women heads of households, but in the current year, sufficient government funding has been provided which has allowed the implementation of major projects but the inefficient administrative system is still causing problems, she noted.

There is redundancy in the programs of the Imam Khomeini Relief Committee, the Welfare Organization, the Tehran Municipality, the Red Crescent Society, and NGOs, she observed and suggested that their activities should be properly supervised and the budget for this task should be centralized.

Women heads of households need serious and fundamental support, which is employment for them and their children, Tabibzadeh-Nuri emphasized.

Some 105 special clinics staffed by 500 experts are active in various cities of Iran and are working to empower and provide healthcare to women heads of households, she pointed out.

These clinics, which are staffed by specialists, relief workers, psychologists, and legal experts, are following the Five-Year Development Plan, according to which many jobs are to be given to non-governmental organizations, she added.

The most important goal of the follow-up groups in the clinics is to make these women's children happy, and the other goals are to provide for their physical and psychological health in the clinics, Tabibzadeh-Nuri said in conclusion.

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