ABOUT THE MINISTER
The Gender Department of the Ministry of Justice, was established in 1390 under the Department of Policy, Planning and Foreign Relations in order to ensure the equality between men and women and empowering women. In 1391, it was separated from the Department of Policy, Planning and Foreign Relations and since then it operates under the Office of the Deputy Minister (Admin. & Finance). The Department of Gender mainly functions to strengthen the gender equality, raise the level and quality of women, and ensure the physical and psychological safety of all staff members, particularly women in their working environment and to create equal opportunities for women within the various departments of the Ministry of Justice.
Given the restraining factors, social and cultural realities that have limited many opportunities for women, made them unable to acquire proper education and to develop their natural abilities. In general, the role of women in the social, cultural, economic and political arenas of the country remains inconspicuous, thus, the social equality among the genders has not been materialized. Furthermore, the services provided by the Ministry of Justice to the people, most sections of the ministry require the extensive and active participation of women. Therefore, the Department of Gender, mostly focusses on two main objectives to provide equal opportunities for women, derived from the National Working Plan for Women that are:
In order to attain the two objectives, this department has been adopted and implemented the policy paper of gender, in addition to the strategic plan of gender.
The principle activities of the Gender Department are as following:
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