Insurance Cover for Children of Women Breadwinners

Insurance Cover for Children of Women BreadwinnersInsurance Cover for Children of Women Breadwinners

The Tehran Municipality’s Headquarters for Empowerment of Women Breadwinners and the Social Security Organization (SSO) will provide insurance cover for children of female bread earners, on the condition that they acquire technical and vocational training.

At the first festival of ‘Sarv and Sousan’ on the occasion of Youth Week at Milad Tower, 400 men and women in the age group 18-33 celebrated the completion of their technical and vocational training, said Fahimeh Firouzfar, chairwoman of the headquarters, reports Alef News Agency.

The municipality’s objective is to establish vocational talent in areas such as cell-phone and lift repairs, and provide assistance in job placements. The SSO will provide insurance cover after the vocational training certificates are issued.

Additionally, those receiving support through the Imam Khomeini Relief Committee and the State Welfare Organization, can apply for technical and vocational training through the municipality’s Women Affairs Department.

 Educational Levels

An assessment of the educational level of children in female-headed households in 2011 reveals that 3.57% of adolescents below 18 years were illiterate; the figure doubles for those over 18 years, living in female-headed households, in comparison with male-headed households.

A comparison of higher education levels shows that 19.7% of under-18 year-olds in high school or with a high school diploma, are in male-headed households while in female-headed households the figure is 29.2%. Therefore, children below 18 years in female-headed households have benefitted more in high school education and/or a diploma, than their peers in male-headed households, states a report from the UN Population Fund in Iran.

There is considerable difference between young adults over 18 years among male and female-headed households in terms of higher education: 38.2% of this cohort in male-headed households has a higher education certificate while it is 27.8% for female-headed households.

The provincial distribution of female-headed households in the country indicates that the highest percentage is in Tehran Province (19.4%) while the lowest is in Ilam Province (0.5%). Fars, Isfahan, Khorassan Razavi, and Tehran are the only provinces with more than five percent of the households headed by women.

At the same time, the percentage of female-headed households in provinces of Ilam, Kohkilooyeh and Boyerahmad, Semnan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, and South Khorassan is below one percent. Nationwide, female-headed households were mainly headed by middle aged women (35-64), followed by elderly women (65 and over), with young women below 35 years heading the least number of households.

The lowest rates of illiterate female heads of households apply to Tehran Province (31.4%) and Alborz (19.5%) while the highest rate is in Kurdistan (77.4%). The highest rate of women holding a high school diploma reside in Alborz (20.19%), Tehran (19.9%), Gilan (14.9%), and the largest sector of female heads of households with higher degrees live in Tehran Province (14.9%).