Iran: Education Ministry’s shameful directive on teachers’ employment

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The Ministry of Education in Iran has issued a humiliating directive on the terms and conditions for employment of teachers. The directive contains a long list of chronic and persistent diseases including dental, renal, and women’s gynecological problems, which disqualify teachers who apply for employment.  (The state-run Fars news agency, August 23, 2017)

Article 17 of the directive lists a series of common diseases of women including menstrual irregularity, excess facial hair, uterus surgery, sterility, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, breast and ovarian cancer, etc. as disqualifiers for employment of women as teachers.

Teaching has been the only job in Iran where women were widely employed. This shameful list of restrictions contradicts the global trend of providing decent work for all women and deprives Iranian women more than ever before from having employment, earning income and being financially independent.

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