The ILO and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) have signed a project cooperation agreement, following the successful completion of the inception phase of the project on "More and Better Jobs for Women: Women’s Empowerment through Decent Work in Turkey". The agreement will govern the implementation phase of the project, which will run for 3 years with a budget amounting to around 3.5 million USD.
The agreement was signed by Ümit Efendioğlu, Director of the ILO Office for Turkey, and Elsa Håstad, SIDA’s Director of Reform and Selective Cooperation. The project will be jointly implemented by the ILO and the Turkish Employment Agency (İŞKUR) under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in the provinces of Ankara, Bursa, Konya and İstanbul.
The project aims to support women’s empowerment in Turkey by providing decent work opportunities through capacity development of relevant institutions, active labour market policy interventions and awareness-raising on gender equality, women’s human rights and rights at work. The project will contribute to integrating gender sensitive approaches into active labour market policies and identifying the occupations in need where there are decent work opportunities for women to be employed in the project provinces. The project will also serve as a basis for the preparation of a National Action Plan on Women’s Employment and Gender Equality which will be owned and sustained by İŞKUR in collaboration with the related Ministries, public institutions, social partners and the civil society.
Cooperation for gender and development