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Glass Ceilings: From Fragile Material?

We must penetrate the basis of inequality and strengthen the hand of women, create employment and opportunities for women in every sector, and confront unequal remuneration and discriminatory attitudes between the sexes together.

This is why in-house training and studies to promote gender equality in the workplace and in institutions are of great importance. Because those at the top, who have not had the same experience, may deny the existence of such a barrier. Joint efforts are needed to break this ceiling with action in many areas.

'Glass Ceilings' may be draped over us and our labor made 'invisible' despite all its transparency, but these are never unbreakable barriers. 'Equal Pay for Equal Work and Equal Rights' is possible together...

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Women in the labor market; are exposed to injustices and discrimination in the use of their 'side rights' and other 'social rights' such as insurance, compensation, paid vacation, and retirement planning, as well as in 'wage management' and 'promotion' situations. However, these democratic rights, which guaranteed equality in our work and daily lives, cannot be considered separately in the context of gender.

The management of some jobs is attributed to only one gender and women are seen as lacking in capacity. The female employees, who are expected to rise with their efforts, crash into glass ceilings, which we can call the invisible barriers of the patriarchy. In a masculine area such as business life, we need ethical rules and sustainable policies that are transparent and equidistant, not this hindrance expressed by the metaphor of the 'Glass Ceiling'.

*According to the Women in Working Life Index 2021 Report; Turkey is at the bottom of the list in terms of women's representation in working life. (WEF Global Gender Gap Report, 2020 )

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Turkey in Numbers

According to the Global Gender Equality Report of the World Economic Forum, which covers 153 countries, Turkey has fallen to 133rd place when criteria such as economic participation and equal opportunity, political empowerment, educational attainment, health, and survival are taken into account.

In 2020, Turkey ranks 132 out of 153 countries in terms of representation in senior roles. One of the indices with the highest difference between men and women.

The ratio of women among specialist professions and technical staff in Turkey is 40.1%. This rate brings Turkey to the 111th place in the world.

According to November 2020 data; While the labor force participation rate is approximately 30.6% for women, this rate is 68.4% for men. When compared to November 2019 data, it is seen that the labor force participation rate of women decreased by approximately 3.3%.

When we look at the employment rate, while the employment rate for men is 60.2% in Turkey, this rate is 26% for women.

  • Worldwide, women continue to be paid about 20% less than men. In Turkey, this rate is 15.6%.

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