Under “More and Better Jobs for Women: Women’s Empowerment through Decent Work in Turkey” Project being implemented by ILO Office in Turkey and Turkish Employment Agency (İŞKUR), approximately 1,700 women and men were reached out and delivered awareness training on gender equality in many sectors ranging from energy to defense.
Seminars were delivered to more than 1,300 women and men employees in the project provinces namely Ankara, Bursa, Istanbul and Konya in the period of December 2016 – February 2017 in many sectors ranging from energy to textile in cooperation with private sector, municipalities and labour unions; and the total women and men reached were 1,700 with seminars delivered in the period of July-December 2017 at Ankara OSTIM Organized Industrial District and Roketsan, a leading corporation in the defense sector.
Seminars created awareness on gender equality in work life
Awareness training on gender equality, gender equality in work life and combating violence against women was provided in July 2017 to 276 women and men through 8 seminars held at workplaces of various sizes operating in various areas in OSTIM and Sincan Organized Industry Districts in Ankara. In addition, the training of trainers was provided to the employees of member workplaces at OSTIM in order to ensure sustainability of such training and awareness at OSTIM Organized Industry District.
In the period of September-December 2017, awareness training on gender equality was delivered to 95 women and men through 8 seminars at Roketsan which signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) created by the United Nations Global Compact (UN Global Compact) and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
It is aimed to continue with the said seminars in 2018 as well.
Cooperation with private sector, municipalities and labour unions
In the period of December 2016 – February 2017, the project was able to reach out, through seminars “I Support Equality”, more than 1,300 women and men, blue or white collar, working in many sectors including services, energy, healthcare and textile.
In this context, the project cooperated with Çankaya Municipality, Kadıköy Municipality, Dünya Göz Hastanesi (Dünya Ophtalmology Hospital), Alarko Holding, H&M, Seger Ses ve Elektrikli Gereçler (Seger Sound and Electrical Appliances), Hak-İş Confederation and DISK (Confederation of Revolutionary Workers’s Unions) in order to create more and better jobs for women, transform gender stereotypes at workplace, and embrace gender equality, which were the objectives of the project.
The seminars were in the form of 3-hour training based on interactive method and provided knowledge to participants on the concept of gender equality; gender roles; consequences of gender inequality in work life, economy and social life; gender equality at workplace; and best practices on the matter from the world and Turkey.
Premised on the fact that gender equality is a goal achievable only through joint efforts of women and men, seminars are delivered to women and men, aiming to create awareness on gender equality in employees and promote a gender-responsive workplace.
Requests from various organizations and sectors for the continuation of such seminars indicate how more sensitive the workplaces and society are on gender equality whereas feedback from participants points out that equality must be an institutional policy.
The seminars were delivered under “More and Better Jobs for Women: Women’s Empowerment through Decent Work in Turkey” Project being implemented by ILO and ISKUR with financing support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).