The Turkish government, as part of a plan to boost the nation's economy, recently set a goal of a 35 percent employment rate for women by 2023.
The goal, defined as an objective for Turkey's centennial as part of the "National Employment Strategy 2014-2023," would aid Turkey in becoming the 10th largest global economy.
The employment rate for women in Turkey as of 2012 was 29.5 percent, the lowest rate of 34 countries in the 2014 Economic Survey of Turkey by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Iceland led the survey with an employment rate of 78.5 percent for women, followed closely by Norway at 73.8 percent.
Turkey's female employment rate was far below the OECD average of 57 percent and less than half of the Turkish male employment rate, which stood at 69 percent.
"The first reason of women's not being in labor force is our rooted social belief that they should stay at home and care for their family," Gulden Turktan, the president of KAGIDER Women Entrepreneurs' Association in Turkey, said.
To counter such beliefs, members of the KAGIDER Women Entrepreneurs' Association will travel around Turkey to organize meetings encouraging women to work and have confidence in themselves.
Additionally, the Turkish Employment Agency is supporting the goal by offering women training courses in numerous fields, including computer management, programming and sales.
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