Women account for one third of Iran's homeless people
Tehran, Iran, July 11
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
A senior Iranian official has warned against the growing share of women among homeless people in the country.
Shahindokht Molaverdi, vice president in women's affairs, said one third of the country's homeless population is made up of women, ILNA news agency reported July 11.
She said the number of homeless women living in Iran is about 5,000.
The official added 13 organizations are involved in the situation, urging the Welfare Organization and municipalities in particular to take actions.
A while back Fatemeh Daneshvar, member of the Tehran City Council, warned that Iran's homeless population had hit 15,000.
That's why, Rahmatollah Hafezi, head of Health and Environment Commission of Tehran City Council, said in November that there were 3,000 female homeless people in the Iranian capital, Tehran.
Reza Jahangiri, Deputy Director of State Welfare Organization of Tehran Municipality, said in November last year that the average age of homeless women in Tehran is between 17-18 years old.
Most of the homeless women are reportedly drug addicts.
Iran's Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said in October that the government plans to build a shelter for 10,000 homeless people in the next six months in Fashafuyeh district of Tehran province.