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MP discusses status of women researchers in Iran

TEHRAN, March 4 (Mehr News Agency) -- It will only be possible to draft regulations that properly recognize women's role if women are mentioned in the charters of research institutes like the National Foundation of Elites, the chairperson of the Women's Social and Cultural Committee of the parliament, said here on Saturday.

The Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution (SCCR) ratified a bill on policies for women researchers in 2000 at the behest of the Women's Social and Cultural Committee of the Majlis, but there have been no new bills since then, MP Manijeh Nobakht told the Mehr News Agency.

However, when the charter of the National Foundation of Elites was being drafted, appointing elite women to the board of trustees was emphasized, and thus the foundation has a better attitude toward women researchers, she noted.

The regulations drafted by the SCCR for women researchers call for increasing resources and facilities for women researchers, supporting research projects on women's issues, and coordination of the activities of women's research centers, she added.

Nobakht stated that the SCCR regulations are part of a comprehensive ten-year plan.

Research institutes have conducted 100 research projects on women's issues over the past year, she said in conclusion.

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