En Route to SDGs via Social Empowerment

En Route to SDGs via Social EmpowermentEn Route to SDGs via Social Empowerment

A recent report published by the Office of the Vice Presidency for Women and Family Affairs highlights the number of schemes launched by the office across the country, in deprived and less-developed areas in particular, over the previous Iranian year that ended in March.

In its first course of action, 17 health clinics were set up to check the mental and social health of schoolgirls, ILNA reports.

Such clinics are currently operating at the universities of medical sciences of Tehran, Alborz, Khorasan Razavi, Gilan, Qom, Mazandaran, Kermanshah, Markazi, Isfahan, Fars, Khuzestan, Kerman, Ilam, Kashan, Iran, Shahid Beheshti, and East Azarbaijan.

“Women and girls are more susceptible during economic, social, and environmental crises,” Vice President Shahindokht Molaverdi had underlined at the joint Iran-Japan seminar on ‘Women, Peace, Sustainable Development’ held recently in Tehran.

“Women need to show a more active presence in children’s hygiene, nutrition, and also in the job market. Guaranteeing their access to resources would ensure food security and health for children.”

Molaverdi said the Islamic Republic is now working on a national model of the Sustainable Development Goals recalling that Goal 5 of the SDGs highlights providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making. This will help fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

  Improving Hygiene in Remote Regions

The vice presidency has launched another program in cooperation with the Education Ministry to screen the pathological symptoms in psychological and social behavior of female high school second-graders.

According to the vice presidency’s online portal, the program also covers the general hygiene status of female students in remote and underprivileged areas on a nationwide scale.

The vice presidency also signed memoranda of understanding with various organizations including the education and health ministries, and the Literacy Movement Organization to implement projects to empower and improve social resilience among women in the provinces of East Azarbaijan, Bushehr, Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari, Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan, Sistan-Baluchistan, Fars, Kordestan, Kerman, Hormozgan and Kohkilouyeh-Boyer Ahmad.

Under the MoUs, over 10,000 women and girls in the underdeveloped regions were trained for various professions, gained literacy, or received counseling services regarding a number of social issues through courses and workshops.

Another scheme addressed the elderly vulnerable women by providing counseling and psychological support to achieve a better quality of life. Undertaken in collaboration with the State Welfare Organization, around 45,000 senior women were covered from 10 provinces.

Educational courses for a total of 24 hours were also held for parents with autistic children in 15 provinces to enlighten them as well as teachers on how to communicate, look after, and nurture children living with autism.