The way companies can progress in
gender equality and inclusiveness is through questioning, discussing and
transforming traditionally adopted roles of femininity as well as stereotyped
masculine roles in minds. For change, men also need to act as agents of change
by taking responsibility in their private lives, business life, social life and
every aspect of daily life. In the inclusiveness and diversity policies of
institutions in the private sector, it is seen that men are increasingly taking
attention as well as women and are starting to be at the center of these
This issue has been discussed in
an online event held on Thursday, December 24, 2020 within the scope of Women
Leadership Platform that is realized with TuskishWIN, Turkey Women
Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER) , European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and UPS. Top managers of companies and
non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in different sectors in the
business world attended to the event "Being Side by Side in the
Inclusiveness and Diversity Policies of Institutions: We Are Strong
Together!" as speakers. In the event, successful managers from different
sectors and NGOs participated and shared their experiences.
First, the session "Stronger
Together, Best Practices in the Ecosystem and Questions & Answers"
moderated by UPS Turkey Country Director of Human Resources Kerem Gök was held.
PERYON General Secretary Emre Tamer and “We are With You (YANINDAYIZ)”
Association Education and Project Development Specialist Ali Mert Karaköy
attended the session as speakers.
Moderator, UPS Turkey Country
Director of Human Resources Kerem Gök said that:
"When you consider the
mission of Women Leadership Platform, we need to emphasize that Turkey still
has more to accomplish on female employment. On the other hand, considering
factors such as the positive effect of female employees' power in social life,
increase in the education rate of girls, higher age of marriage, we can say
that we have taken a positive movement. The participation of women in the
workforce is 33 percent, but the OECD average is approximately 62 percent. We need
to provide more support to women to increase their participation on labor
force. Here, we can mention that the role of the Women Leadership Platform is
extremely important in raising awareness on this issue."
Kerem Gök has emphased that there
are 21 women in PERYON's 44 member of Executive Board, PERYON General Secretary
Emre Tamer stated that the number of women in the Executive Board started to
increase after 90s.
Kerem Gök has stated that:
"Women's empowerment in PERYON and in the HR sector was simultaneous. The
50-year change in PERYON has been organic. The HR field has also gained an
intellectual content and changed its structure. We see that with the increase
in the schooling and education level of women, they started to take place in
managerial positions. As Human Resources developed intellectually, women
started to take more places in this field. In addition, as HR changed
intellectually, when its relationship with employees got out of personnel
payroll and this field was based on merit, women had more chances to find a
place. In fact, in general, we see that as intellectual content in a business
sector increases, more opportunities become available for women.''
“We are With You” Association
Education and Project Development Specialist Ali Mert Karaköy has stated that
they prepared Turkey's first Social Gender Equality Index by District in
cooperation with Canadian Embassy and Istanbul University. He has shared best
practices in projects. He has added that they prepared the index according to
27 sub-indicators in four main categories: "Political Participation and
Decision Making", "Education", "Economic Life and Access to
Resources" and "Health and Sports". He has mentioned that
education, literacy and graduation rates are very important. When education is
left out, gender equality will be lacking. He has indicated that the results
from the index again show us how far we need to go in equality.
Afterwards, " Stronger
Together, Good Practices from Institutions and Question & Answer"
session was held. In this session Castrol Global Marketing, Pricing Project
Manager Kerim Beydağı, GittiGidiyor Employee Experience Director Murat Yüksel
and Microsoft Turkey Human Resources Manager Kemal Özel took place as speakers.
Bp / Castrol Global Marketing,
Pricing Project Manager Kerim Beydağı has explained their efforts to eliminate
gender inequality. “We became inclusive. We organized a chain of seminars by
opening all lines of work to men and women. We listened to the men; we had a
series of meetings where we talked about how we can contribute to the
development of women and social gender equality. In 2020, we conducted
collaboration with “We are With You”, and gender inequality trainings.”
The Director of GittiGidiyor
Employee Experience, Murat Yüksel has said that:
“We are against all discrimination, not just
religion, language, race and gender identity. We say that people with different
opinions create diversity. Our doors are open to everyone. Diversity is
inviting everyone to the ball while inclusion means getting everyone you
invited to that ball to dance. We continue our way with this mentality."
Then Human Resources Manager of
Microsoft Turkey Kemal Özel has given information about their work regarding
this issue. "We try to ensure that the corporate culture we desire is
experienced by our employees in real life. By externally recruiting different
employees with different qualifications and competencies, we increase not only
the number of female employees, but also the number of employees with different
experiences. At the same time, within the scope of Diversity and Inclusiveness,
we play a role in increasing the number of women who have the required
knowledge and skills in the field of AI (Artificial Intelligence)."