Hope for Working Women

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The general outlines of a bill which was long overdue to reduce working hours for women under "special circumstances" was passed in the Majlis (parliament) on Monday.

The bill, proposed initially by the Vice Presidency for Family and Women Affairs in the former government, garnered 115 votes in favor among the 196 MPs present, Mehr News Agency reported. The Majlis currently has 290 members.

Once all aspects of the bill are finalized, it will allow working women who have kids under 6 years of age or children or spouses suffering from severe disability or rare disease, and breadwinners, who are officially employed or on contract, or commissioned in government and non-governmental sectors, to work 36 hours a week for the same salary and benefits of full-time 44-hour-job per week.