Iran, Indonesia call for boosting ties in women’s and family affairs

April 15, 2019

TEHRAN – The Indonesian Ministry of Women Empowerment hosted the first meeting for implementing the memorandum of understanding signed by Iran and Indonesia in women’s and family affairs.

Zahra Javaherian, a senior advisor to President Hassan Rouhani, attended the meeting which was held at the Indonesian city of Semarang, IRNA reported.

During the five-day meeting, which started on April 8, the two sides exchanged information and experiences on women’s empowerment and developing women’s activities in economic affairs.

Officials from the Interior Ministry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Red Crescent Society participated in the meeting.

Increasing life expectancy in women from the age of 56 to 75, decreasing maternal mortality rate, women’s empowerment in economy and removing gender inequalities in women’s affairs are among the measures done by the Islamic Republic of Iran during the last 40 years, elaborated Javaherian. 

An amount of $46 million for women’s insurance and developing women’s employment share of management positions is also allocated, she added. 

The MOU was signed by Iranian Vice President for Women’s and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, and Indonesian Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Children Protection, Yohana Susana Yembise, in Iran, in July 2018.

The MOU aims at empowering women, supporting children and promoting the resilience of family based on equality, respect and mutual benefit.

The MOU includes 9 clauses with the purpose of developing women’s role in policymaking and supporting women and children against violence.

It also follows the aim of increasing women’s role in business and technology, especially information technology, promoting women’s economic empowerment in the family and exchange of experiences about women and children.

The MOU is valid for two years and can be extended for the same period.

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