ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
One of every three employed women was an unpaid family worker last year, according to TÜİK data. The rate of working women in the population was 26 percent. DAILY NEWS photo, Hasan ALTINIŞIK
Some 26 percent of the employed population in Turkey last year was comprised of women, with nearly one of every three working women employed as an unpaid family worker, according to the “Women in Statistics 2012” report revealed by state-run statistics body TÜİK on March 8, International Women’s Day.
The employment rate showed a considerable gap between genders last year. The rate of employed women in the population was 26.3 percent, while the rate of employed men was 65 percent. The rate of regular or casual employees among working women was 54.3 percent and the rate of self-employed women was 10.8 percent. One third of employed women were unpaid family workers.
Labor force participation showed further inequality between genders. The rate of women’s labor force participation was 29.5 percent, while the men’s rate was 71 percent. The statistics revealed that the responsibility of childcare at home fell overwhelmingly on mothers, at 89.6 percent.
The unemployment rate for women was 10.8 percent while the rate for men was 8.5 percent. When considering the youth unemployment rate among the age group of 15 to 24, the rate for women was 19.9 percent and for men 16.3 percent.
The literacy rate of women was 92.2 percent and 98.3 percent for men. In the 2011-2012 educational year the schooling ratio of women and men had similar figures.