1228 GMT December 06, 2019
Shirzad, who is also the head of the board of directors at Central Organization for Rural Women Cooperatives of Iran (CORC) said currently there are 342 rural women cooperatives with 62,000 members in Iran, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Rural women cooperatives are working in different fields of agriculture, including cropping, horticulture, livestock, agro-processing and packaging, agro-tourism and reviving lucrative, rural handicrafts, he added.
Underlining the significance of enhancing rural women's socio-economic partnership as a key component for achieving national strategic goals, Shirzad implied that CORC has always strived to pave the way for equal opportunities for rural women.
The official further noted that the CORC is responsible for capacity building and empowerment of rural women through training programs, development of rural SMEs, as well as of identifying rural women entrepreneurs nationwide.
To this end, CORC has succeeded in establishing more than 45 lucrative rural household business and training more than 5,400 rural women in the first six months of current Iranian calendar year (March 21-September 22), he added.