In line with micro policies pursued to create decent work for women in Turkey, Women’s Employment Local Action Plans were developed in 4 provinces to support Turkish Employment Agency (İŞKUR) in its activities in the field of women’s employment and to contribute to efforts to promote the employment of women.
Local action plans in project provinces İstanbul, Ankara, Konya and Bursa were developed in the context of Turkey’s first Action Plan for Women’s Employment prepared in 2016 under the project “More and Better Jobs for Women: Women’s Empowerment through Decent Work in Turkey” implemented jointly by ILO and İŞKUR with the financial support of Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
The Action Plan for Women’s Employment (2016-2018) to be implemented by İŞKUR envisages the inclusion of gender equality perspective in İŞKUR’s institutional services. Under the plan, firstly one gender representative was designated in each of 81 provincial directorates of İŞKUR. Together with these representatives İŞKUR’s 175 job and occupation counsellors were given training in “public employment services from gender equality perspective.”
As the next stage, the process for the localization of the Action Plan and identification of activities to be carried out at province level was given start with contributions of 81 gender representatives.
Then Local Action Plans for Ankara, Konya, Bursa and İstanbul as four project provinces were developed together with representatives from these provinces as well as ILO experts and relevant units of İŞKUR, and province-level activities related to mainstreaming gender equality perspective in İŞKUR services were identified.
To move to implementation phase, local action plans were presented to and addressed by Provincial Employment and Vocational Training Boards, which have regular meetings in quarterly periods, in meetings held in Ankara, İstanbul, Bursa and Konya in July 2017 under the agenda “Women’s Employment”.