Iranian Kurdistan: Poverty Decreases Educational Opportunities for Women
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A recent report by the Kurdistan Human Rights Association reveals that the poverty of Iranian Kurdistan is impairing the education of students in the region. Unfortunately, the lack of educational opportunity is particularly worse for girls and women of this region. According to their most recent report, 40 female students had to leave their schooling due to financial poverty in 2017. The circumstance in the region illustrates Iran’s shortcomings in meeting the standards set by the Universal Declaration of Human rights.
Below is an article published by KMMK:
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, more than 40 female students have left school in the new year of 2017, in Bijar, east of Kurdistan, due to financial poverty and lack of facilities and did not enroll for the new academic year.
According to the director of education Bijar: while referring to the educational problems of the city of Bijar, added:
Currently, 40 female students of this city are leaving school due to financial poverty. According to the executive director of Iran’s Pouyesh, Mina Kamran: Kurdistan, Kermanshah and Urmia provinces are the provinces with the highest dropout rates, respectively.
It should be noted that in eastern Kurdistan and among the survivors of studying in this region, the most vulnerable rural areas are affected. And given the specific problems of the region, girls in this region are much more situation worse than boys.
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Sunday 6 October 1991, and joined the Convention on the Rights of the Child in March of 1993 under a single article passed by the Islamic Consultative Assembly, provided that the provisions of the Convention are in force. Each case, at any time, is in conflict with the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran and is not subject to any leniency by the Islamic Republic of Iran. These cases, although apparently not illegal, are not in conflict with the Convention, but in practice, in some cases, including the determination of the child’s age, Discrimination between children, divorce and other matters, such as those in the Convention Discrimination is complete. Convention on the Rights of the Child:
1 The Parties recognize the right of the child to education and, in order to achieve this right gradually and on the basis of equal opportunities, they will have the following common practice:
A) Compulsory and free primary education for all
(B) Encouraging the development of various forms of secondary education, including vocational and general education, making available such training for all children and taking the necessary measures, such as providing free education and providing financial assistance as necessary.
(C) To make higher education available to all on the basis of abilities and in any way appropriate.
(D) Availability of educational and vocational guidance and information for all children.
E) Take measures to encourage the regular attendance of children in schools and the reduction of absenteeism.