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Turkey Female Labor Force Participation Report

Available in: Türkçe
Female Report
Turkey's Greatest Untapped Potential

Female labor force participation can yield substantial social and economic dividends, says a new report from the World Bank and the Turkish Government.

Trends & Determinants

One of the salient features of the labor market in Turkey is the distinctly lower Labor Force Participation (LFP) rates of women. As of January 2009... More-> 

Why Is It Decreasing?

Urbanization and the decline in agricultural employment are the two main factors that have contributed to decrease the share of women having or seeking jobs in Turkey... More-> 

Why Is It Low?

Female LFP in Turkey remains low by international standards mainly due to very low participation rates among poorly educated women in urban areas... More-> 

What Can Be Done?

Creating job opportunities for first time job seekers: Interventions should aim at promoting formal employment for women with low levels of education, and especially for those transitioning from school to work...

Affordable childcare: Many women could be encouraged to work by having access to affordable care for their children...

Sustaining investments on education: Higher education attainment is associated with higher levels of female participation... More-> 

This joint report investigates the reasons why a lower share of women participates in the labor force in Turkey than in the EU and OECD on average, and why that share has been decreasing. The reports intends to inform policies promoting more and better jobs women in Turkey.  

— Kemal Madenoglu, Undersecretary of State Planning Organization

In the same way that you wouldn’t play football without a full team, countries can’t compete globally if they don’t use the full potential of all their citizens.

— Diego Angel-Urdinola, the World Bank, Lead Author

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