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Zolqadr: Women suffer from outcome of discriminatory policies

TEHRAN, Nov. 30, 2016 (ICANA) – Fatemeh Zolqadr, the Head of Iranian envoys to the 9th Plenary Session of the ASIAN Parliamentary Assembly (APA) in Cambodia on Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 2016, said women suffer from outcomes of discriminatory policies.

Islamic Consultative Assembly News Agency (ICANA) reports that Zolqadr underlined that women suffer from consequences of poor health, education and also discriminatory policies and said education enjoys high capacity in diminishing poverty and economic empowerment.

The Iranian lady's speech to the meeting of the women representatives committee of the APA on Tuesday, November 29, focused on the role of women in sustainable development.

The MP from Tehran, Rey, Shemiranat, Islamshahr and Pardis went on announcing that sustainable development has been defined a development that can end up in removal of the needs of the present generation without denying needs of the future generation.

She said in this connection, in June 2012, the UN conference on sustainable development, namely Rio+2, will get together leaders of more than 100 countries with an aim to promote goals of the sustainable development, including lessening poverty and protecting environment. "However, the conference has not paid enough attention to the role of women in attaining the objectives."

The parliamentarian underlined that despite their vital role, women suffer from consequences of poor health, education and discriminatory policies. "Based on the FAO report, as far as such issues as environment protection and agriculture are concerned, half the agro produce in Asia are yielded by women and eight percent of the workforce in agriculture sector in different parts of Africa are women. Meanwhile, women and children are the most vulnerable strata in the face of production cut and natural disasters."

Zolqadr noted that education enjoys immense capacity in minimizing poverty and economic empowerment and said in this connection, educated mothers send their children to school two times more than the mothers lacking any education.

Head of the Iranian delegation to the session added, "We have got together here to investigate necessary tools and mechanisms to materialize goals of the Asian parliaments, including promotion of liberty, social justice, peace and security; so, I believe, empowerment of women and girls and enhancing their social, political and economic roles should be among priorities of the APA, especially the female representatives of the APA. Furthermore, I  hope today's session will be able to help us achieve such an important goal."

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