SADA Women Development and Solidarity Centre Completes the Third Round of Seminars

News | 24 January 2019
The first series of seminars in the new year were held on 14-23 January 2019 in the GESOB Events Hall with the participation of beneficiaries who completed the basic life skills and occupational training courses in the SADA Women Development and Solidarity Centre under the Project “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls” being implemented in Gaziantep jointly by UNWomen, ILO and ASAM. Aiming to increase the knowledge of women beneficiaries on such core matters of working life as the working life, labour laws, and rights of working women in Turkey, the seminars were attended by a total 142 women beneficiaries of 102 Syrian, 3 Afghan and 37 Turkish nationality who completed the courses Turkish A1 and A2, Computer Operating, Basic Makeup, Hair-dressing and Packaging. Aiming to facilitate and promote the entry of women beneficiaries of the Project into labour markets, the seminars are regularly organised on six topics every two months with the participation of representatives from specialised institutions and organisations.

Work Permits
At the seminar on 14 January 2019 with the participation of Mr. Nurullah Çetin, participants were informed on the legal procedures for the access to labour markets by foreigners granted Temporary Protection and International Protection; and then, answers were given to the questions from the women beneficiaries of T.R. citizenship relating to the problems in entering the world of work.

Social Security Rights
At the seminar on 15 January 2019 with the participation of Mr. Mehmet Aliko, a Social Security Inspector from Gaziantep Provincial Directorate of Social Security, information was provided on the status of insuredness of foreigners achieved upon obtaining the work permit. Further information was provided on the rights of insuredness including particularly women’s rights in the social security system in terms of pregnancy, birth-maternity, and marriage. The participant women told about the problems encountered by their spouses in the world of work and experience of working uninsured; and emphasis was made on the importance of insured work.

ISKUR Active Labour Market Programmes
At the seminar on 16 January 2019 with the participation of Mr. Engin Güngördü, a job and vocational counsellor from Gaziantep ISKUR, information was provided to women beneficiaries of the Project on ISKUR’s mandate and activities, courses and events offered, as well as how they could access Gaziantep ISKUR over the map, how to register, and job-seeking processes under ISKUR activities. Participants were also shown, using real participant information, how to register at ISKUR online system; then 74 women beneficiaries were registered at ISKUR who wanted to participate in the world of work and were looking for jobs.

Gender Equality at Work
At the seminar on 17-18 January 2019 with the participation of psychologist Ms. Zehra Tosun, participants were first asked how their lives changed upon starting to visit SADA in order to highlight the positive aspects of vocational training as one of the means to integrate into the world of work. Participants responded that with SADA, they had a purpose in life; became less pessimistic for future; were able to help their children in homework thanks to what they were learning in the training; particularly served as models for their children for they were learning Turkish and literacy; started to interact with their neighbours, something they could not do to date; they used to stay at home with household chores, but now acquired new skills through courses at SADA; they had less dependency on others thanks to their participation in SADA events; they used to do house work and sleep in the remaining time, but now had more time to enjoy themselves. The seminar also dealt with the barriers to women’s work; where women beneficiaries gave examples of their experience at work such as negative social perceptions, family pressure, household chores, inadequacy of childcare services, inability to have education/training, lack of vocational skills, poor working conditions, harassment at work etc. As such experience was shared at the seminar, the relation was highlighted between gender and factors adversely affecting women at work, discussing the discrimination experienced by women starting from the time in mother’s womb. The concept of gender, evolution of gender roles, gender-based division of work, gender-based discrimination, gender equality at work, violence against women, economic violence against women, education for girls, child marriages, their interrelation with the world of work were discussed, and the importance of solidarity among women was highlighted, then the seminar concluded.

Occupational Safety and Health
At the seminar on 20-21 January 2019 with the participation of Ms. Burcu Ünal, an expert of occupational safety and health, presentations were made on the obligations and rights of workers and employers under the laws including particularly in the legislation on OSH and Labour Law, Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No. 155), culture of safety, risk assessment, work accidents and occupational diseases, signs of safety and health and ergonomics. Further information was provided to participants, particularly in the context of occupational training provided under the Project, on measures that must be taken at work, occupational diseases, protection methods, equipment for occupational safety, and the legal obligations of employers and workers for protecting against work accidents.

Role Models
The role models seminar, aiming to bring together successful business women with the Project’s beneficiaries, was held on 23 January 2019 hosting Ms. Kadriye Çakmak, the operator of Gaziantep Dermastyle Beauty Parlour. The beauty specialist Kadriye Çakmak told her story of raising children alone, fighting to stand on her feet, participating in various training courses to develop herself, and finally participating in KOSGEB’s entrepreneurship course and starting her own business; and shared with participants some photographs from her workplace.