ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
Vuslat Doğan Sabancı. DHA photo
The World Bank has published a report on its website that said
12 percent of CEOs in Turkey were women despite the low level of female
employment in the country.
Only 24 percent of Turkish women were
employed in the workforce, the report by Tunya Celasın said, even
thought Turkey boasted the 16th largest economy in the world.
started years ago with tracking our own numbers in terms of women
versus men in the workforce," Vuslat Doğan Sabancı , the chairwoman of
Hürriyet Gazetecilik, was quoted as saying.
"Initially it was 20
percent, then we targeted 25, then 30 and above, so it was really
continuously checking of our own numbers of women, what we're doing in
terms of employees," she said.
The report also mentioned claims
by equal opportunity advocates who said the political culture in Turkey
blocked women from working. Women were reluctant to find work until they
had powerful role models, Yeşim Mutluer from Women Entrepreneurs
Association (KAGİDER) said.
"We try to give them the message that
they're not just producing children. They should be more active in the
economy," Mutluer was quoted as saying.
Women were more likely to
enter the workforce as the level of education got higer, the report
said. When only 22 percent of women with a primary education were
employed, that number jumped to 71 percent for women with higher