UNDP Turkey reflects the stories of five powerful women from five different places of Turkey to draw attention to the Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality on International Women’s Day 8 March.

The United Nations Development Programme, in its “5 in Five” campaign for the International Women’s Day, tells the stories of five women including two Syrians who have overcome challenges to become socially and economically empowered in various provinces of Turkey.

Ms. Rahşan Civcir, engaged in fishing at Lake Beyşehir in Konya; Ms. Sevda Çanak, working as a paramedic in the demining fields in Iğdır; Ms. Münteha Helvacıkara, working as an interpreter in a glass workshop in Gaziantep; Ms. Zeina Mahli, working as an interpreter at the Arts and Vocational Training Centre of Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality and Assc.Prof.Dr. Ms. Ebru Sakar, producing olives and olive oil in Şanlıurfa and having unearthed the long-forgotten olive varieties, narrate their journey on empowerment and how they have inspired their environment in the “5 in Five” campaign.

Having entered into force in January 2016 to eradicate poverty, protect our planet and build peaceful and prosperous lives for all human beings, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals will be achieved by 2030. The SDG 5 focuses on all forms of gender-based discrimination, including empowerment of women in economic, political and social spheres.

In Turkey, two out of every three women do not participate in the labour force while more than 70 percent of men do. It is estimated that once women participate in the labour force at rates as men, the contribution to the global product will be approximately 28 trillion dollars annually. Experts state that if women and men equally participate in the economy in Turkey, the per capita national income will be 30 percent higher.


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