17 October 2023 - 22:50
Iran Takes Bold Steps to Tackle Poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which we celebrate every year on October 17th, is all about fostering understanding and dialogue between those facing poverty and the broader society. It's a day when we come together to address the pressing issue of poverty and work towards finding sustainable solutions.

Iran (IMNA) - This year, the theme revolves around the importance of universal access to decent work and social protection. It's a call to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to earn a fair wage, work in safe conditions, and be treated with dignity. We need to recognize the value and humanity of every worker, regardless of their background or circumstances.

We must confront the harsh reality that many individuals trapped in extreme poverty are working tirelessly in hazardous environments, yet still struggle to make ends meet. They deserve better. That's why we need to establish universal social protection programs that guarantee income security for all, especially those who are most vulnerable in our society.

It's not just a matter of policy; it's a matter of human dignity. Our political leaders and policymakers have a crucial role to play in prioritizing human rights and social justice over corporate profits. Let's make sure that decisions are guided by a deep respect for human dignity so that no one is left behind.

Iran Takes Bold Steps to Tackle Poverty


Achieving these goals requires strong collaboration among governments, businesses, and civil society organizations. We need to build robust global partnerships that promote equitable development and ensure inclusivity. By working together, we can create a just economy that prioritizes the well-being of people and the environment, rather than pursuing financial gains at any cost.

Millions Living in Extreme Poverty: Iran Drafting Comprehensive Document to Eradicate Poverty

In a world marked by unprecedented economic development and technological advancements, it is an undeniable moral outrage that millions of individuals continue to live in extreme poverty. Poverty is not simply an economic issue; it is a multidimensional problem that encompasses the lack of both income and the basic necessities needed to live a life of dignity.

Those living in poverty face a myriad of interrelated challenges that perpetuate their dire circumstances, hazardous working conditions, inadequate housing, insufficient access to nutritious food, unequal access to justice, limited power, and restricted healthcare services.

Recognizing the urgency of the situation, Iran is taking significant steps towards addressing poverty head-on. Mohammad-Mehdi Zahedi-Vafa, an official with the Planning and Budget Organization, has announced the development of a comprehensive document aimed at eradicating poverty. As part of this effort, a center will be established to monitor poverty by integrating databases from across the country.

This initiative comes as a response to the directive of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, who has tasked the heads of the three branches of government with implementing serious measures to combat poverty. In April 2022, Ayatollah Khamenei outlined policies focused on achieving social security goals in alignment with the objectives of the Constitution.

The policies aim to enhance social welfare, eliminate poverty, and provide support to vulnerable segments of society, particularly the elderly, disabled individuals, and those without caretakers. Accomplishing these goals requires the establishment of an efficient, justice-based, and comprehensive administrative system that reflects Islamic-Iranian principles and encourages public participation. This system will expand services to underprivileged individuals residing in both urban and rural areas.


Iran Takes Bold Steps to Tackle Poverty

Barkat Foundation seeks poverty eradication

Barkat Foundation, a charitable trust in Iran focused on economic development projects in rural areas, has recently made a significant move in its mission to combat poverty and empower youth. On Friday, the 30th of July, the foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum. This agreement aims to facilitate the transfer of experiences and knowledge in areas such as poverty reduction, elimination of deprivation, and youth employment.

Responding to the question about poverty and deprivation in Iran, Turkmane acknowledged that there are different thresholds defining the poverty line. While some sources suggest an income below 30 million tomans, others indicate it is less than 19 million tomans. Currently, the average worker's salary in Iran is less than 9 million tomans. Furthermore, according to the economic adviser of the leadership, approximately 20 million people reside in deprived and underprivileged areas, with unofficial reports indicating a concerning spread of poverty throughout the country.

However, Turkmane highlighted that Iran has successfully implemented measures to address poverty and deprivation, which could serve as valuable lessons for other Islamic nations. He mentioned that representatives from the United Nations, partner organizations, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation have visited Iran, conducting investigations and observing the country's accomplishments. Notably, Iran's efforts in reducing poverty and eliminating deprivation have been recognized as exceptional and unique on a global scale.

The CEO of Barkat Foundation recently announced that the organization has made significant investments totaling more than 100 million dollars in knowledge-based companies. These investments aim to stimulate innovation and support the development of cutting-edge technologies.

In addition to the financial investments, Barkat Foundation has also taken proactive measures to address job creation in less privileged areas. Through the implementation of over 300,000 economic plans, the foundation has played a crucial role in fostering micro-business establishment. These initiatives have contributed to the growth of local economies and provided opportunities for individuals in these areas.

Through these concerted efforts, Iran aims to address the pressing issue of poverty, ensuring a more equitable and just society for all its citizens.

As we observe this year's International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, let us stand in solidarity with those experiencing poverty. Let us listen attentively to their daily struggles and recommit ourselves to building a world where everyone can live with dignity.

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