Two-day meeting was held on 8-9 August 2017 in Ankara where international experts from the International Labour Organization (ILO) headquarter shared their findings and suggestions to improve Turkish Employment Agency (İŞKUR) public services from a gender sensitive perspective.
The event is a follow up to a former meeting in 2016 in which the findings of a review/study of İŞKUR’s public services from a gender perspective were shared with İŞKUR staff.
Based on findings of the study which focused particularly on İŞKUR’s job matching and counselling services, skills development and training programmes delivered to women, recommendations were developed to foster gender-responsive public processes and services for woman jobseekers registered with İŞKUR. The meeting hence focused on the implementation process of the prioritized recommendations by İŞKUR.
Delivering an opening statement, Aşkın Tören, head of Foreign Relations and Projects Department of İŞKUR, said promoting employment for women continued to be a core issue in the institutional agenda and expressed İŞKUR’s ambition to develop gender mainstreaming policy and align institutional practice with international practice to respond to the expectations of Turkish women and men regarding conditions at work and job opportunities in an era of increasing digitalization.
Tören also reiterated the call for upgrading targets regarding the development of gender sensitive indicators to achieve goals set by the Action Plan on Women’s Employment 2016-2018 prepared within the scope of the More and Better Jobs for Women: Women’s Empowerment through Decent Work in Turkey” project.
Presenting a brief summary of progress in the implementation of prioritized recommendation agreed in 2016 by İŞKUR, the project coordinator Ebru Özberk Anlı said the adoption of Turkey’s first Action Plan on Women’s Employment for the 2016-2018 period; the launching of baseline reports on the labour market situation of women in project provinces of Ankara, İstanbul and Bursa; the organization of gender awareness workshop for İŞKUR employment centers and the preparation of provincial action plans for gender mainstreaming were likewise important developments in this process to increase women’s job opportunities.
Zulum Avila Tapia, ILO Country Policy Development and Coordination Unit (CEPOL), delivered a presentation on a gender aware approach in the delivery of employment services and shared information on how to continue the implementation of prioritized recommendation from the review.
Gwenael Prouteau, ILO-CEPOL discussed with participants on the elaboration of gender mainstreaming performance indicators.
The project has been jointly implemented by the ILO and İŞKUR with the financial contribution of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).