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TURKEY-WB-PROJECT -Turkey, World Bank sign memorandum of understanding on gender equality at workplaces.

ISTANBUL, July 20, 2011 (TUR) -- A Turkish women's association and the World Bank signed on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding on gender equality at workplaces in Turkey.

Women Entrepreneurs' Association of Turkey (KAGIDER) Chairperson Gulden Turktan and World Bank Director Robert Zoellick signed the memorandum in Istanbul, and launched a gender certification program for Turkish companies.

It will be the first gender equality certificate program in Turkey.

During the signing ceremony, Zoellick said Turkey had made great progress in gender equality in recent years, particularly in health and education.

Zoellick said Turkey had a rapidly growing economy and a rational economy policies.

Only one-fourth of women were working in Turkey, and majority of them were a part of unregistered economy, Zoellick said.

Zoellick said ensuring women to access to more qualified jobs would not only ensure justice but also help economic growth and reduce poverty.

The program would make workplaces be more productive and efficient, Zoellick said.

Zoellick said the World Bank would prepare its annual report on September, and it would be on social gender equality for the first time in bank's history.

At first, human resources policies of 11 companies will be controlled by independent companies and these independent companies will search whether or not they are making discrimination against women consciously or unconsciously.

Only 24 percent of women in Turkey are employed.

KAGIDER's chairperson Gulden Turktan said World Bank studies indicated that raising this ratio to 29 percent could reduce poverty by 15 percent.

Under the project, participating companies will be subject to periodic control. Companies which complete the project in line with procedures will get a gender equality certificate.

To get the certificate, companies should ensure gender equality, grant women employees equal vocational training opportunities, and make equal promotions.

Akbank, Vodafone, IBM, Sanofi Aventis, PwC, Hurriyet newspaper, Novartis, Ernst&Young, Boyner, Ozyegin Foundation, Garanti Bankasi, Dogus Yayin Group, TURKONFED, TOBB Women Entreperenship Board, PERYON, Sabanci University, Eczacibasi Holding, Coca Cola are some of the companies joining the program.


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Date:Jul 20, 2011
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