Usually on the International Workers’ Day, we hear of the discriminations Iranian women face at work on a daily basis.
The state-run IRNA news agency published an article on April 30, 2016, reflecting only part of such suffering. Excerpts:
“Sarveh, 28, works in a travel agency in Sanandaj. In the busiest hours of the day, she works alone. She is probably the most hard-working employee of the agency but because of being a woman, she receives only one-sixth of the salary of her male colleagues. They receive 900,000 toumans every month while she gets only 150,000. She does not have any insurance and her efforts to obtain one has been futile.
Leila, 25, is a dentist’s secretary. She says, “My salary is only as much as the pocket money of children my age in rich families. Although I was a good student, I could not go to university. My father is ill and disabled, and I had to help my family financially but I can’t do much with such a tiny wage. I earn 300,000 toumans (approx. $90) a month. I have to spend 100,000 on my transportation to work and the remaining 200,000 toumans can do nothing for all our problems.