Meisam Shekarisaz: The issue of women’s participation in various jobs and their increased contribution in the development and growth of the country is an important
issue that has been trusted by all governments since the Islamic Revolution. In addition, candidates in various election speeches emphasized the importance of focusing on Iranian women roles at the top management positions.
Based on the intentions of the constitution, women just like men shall be present in all political, economic and social spheres of the country though, they have a very small share (about %5) at the top management positions and have not yet been able to achieve a position commensurate with their capacities.
Women’s conformity, more precision in the work process, ability to gain public trust and participation, financial discipline, more active participation in educational programs and their attention to the cultural and social dimensions of the country’s development are among the reasons based on which we should trust women in management positions.
In fact, if the Iranian society wants to move towards a real growth and development, the only way to do so is to have meritocracy in management, and if this meritocracy is not implemented in practice, our country will never be a developed country. accordingly, in many cases women are more competent managers than men, but unfortunately, they are not trusted, in other words they are not allowed to grow and be the leader in a patriarchal-thinking atmosphere.
This is an undeniable and a proved fact that in equal conditions, female managers are more successful than male managers, because they show more commitment.
In developed countries, where the managerial opportunities for men and women are equal, the number of managerial violations, rent-seeking, and gross errors among female managers are much fewer than those of male managers.
Therefore, if meritocracy is to be promoted in the country, women managers should be valued more in practice and given the opportunity for macro-management, rather than in the best possible way being the second person.
Iranian society needs an increased trust to female managers, and the government can pave the way to encourage this belief. Just as the first reform government paved the way for the formation of councils, which was a major step in the growth and development of democracy in the management of cities and villages and the resolution of problems, can certainly lead to the development of real democracy in the country’s business environment by enacting laws that facilitate women’s participation in senior management positions.
Certainly, you will see that women will respond well to this trust given to them, and a female minister, a female governor, a female director general, etc. won’t perform poorly as opposed to men if not better. In this process of meritocracy, women will be given more opportunities to play a role.
In conclusion, it is worth mentioning that this measure is not enough for the political and social development of this Islamic country, but it is necessary to regulate
justice-seeking laws and to protect women in the economic, professional, dignity and management related areas and to welcome the views expressed supporting women’s and human rights, and are inclined towards the national interests and human values.
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