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07/26/09

No fertile ground for businesswomen: Iranian Official

TEHRAN, July 26 (Mehr News Agency) -- There exists no fertile ground for Iranian women to engage in economic activities, the women's council director in Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Mines (TCCIM) said here recently.

Fatemeh Mogimi blamed women's lack of self-confidence and self-belief as well as and cultural problems for their inactivity in the field of business and economy, Mogimi noted.

According to official figures, women account for more than 70% of the country's university students. However, Mogimi stressed, the outcome of education is of greater importance.

Women should be trained in a way to be entrepreneurial and play a productive role in the society, Moqimi explained.

Most Iranian people still believe that the traditional male role as the "breadwinner" is still relevant in today''s society, the economic activist lamented, expressing hope for promoting changes in public attitudes towards women and their significant economic role.

Moqimi described financial and emotional support form the family as the main factors in development of entrepreneurship among women in Iran.

She also called the formation of different associations, NGOs, and councils special for women positive steps to empower women more in the society.

Formation of the National Association of Female Entrepreneurs, Women's Council in the TCCIM, and holding training courses were among effective measures have been taken so far to strengthen Iranian women, Moqimi added.

6 women to attend Malaysia World Bank training course

TEHRAN (ISNA)-The Head of Iran's Businesswomen Council of Tehran Chamber of Commerce Fatemeh Moghimi said six members of the council are to be dispatched to Malaysia to attend World Bank training course.

The 10-day educational classes will be kicked off on August 4th and is to focus on entrepreneurship and the absence of sexual discrimination in Malaysia, she said.

The course involves 30 participants, she told Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA).

The course's international certificate is regarded valid by Iran, she noted.

Last month four other women from the council attended entrepreneurship course in Malaysia.

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