Across Iran’s nine investment banks, the presence of women is high compared with other industries. REUTERS
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Money manager Mona Hajialiasghar got her first big career break the same year the world took notice of her Iran's nuclear ambitions. Thirteen years after starting out as an asset manager in Tehran, she's chief operating officer of Kardan Investment Bank, which oversees about $300 million invested in Iran. Government figures show 72 percent of working women in Iran are employed by private enterprises.Female employment is now key to meeting Iran's economic growth targets, she said.While Iranian law protects equal pay in government jobs and there's maternity leave of as long as 12 months in some departments, women in Iran face much of the same problems as they do in the western world.Compared with other societies underpinned by Shariah law, at least Iranian women have a better chance of entering the job market.Kardan's chief executive officer, Majid Zamani, said that across Iran's nine investment banks, the presence of women is high compared with other industries and in some cases it even outnumbers men like himself.
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