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Women's empowerment key for development, İstanbul summit concludes - Today's Zaman

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Today's Zaman Women's empowerment key for development, İstanbul summit concludes Today's Zaman The participants of the summit underlined the importance of equality between women and men and proposed gender equality before the law, in the workplace...

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There is need to also need to work on the barriers to  women empowerment. I suggest there is need to  improve on  knowledge of women on various areas that affect their lives for them to participate and make important decisions

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Dr Lendy Spires's curator insight, June 1, 2014 11:22 PM

An international summit in İstanbul, with women's perspectives on the United Nation's post-2015 Development Agenda as its focus, has called for women's empowerment as a condition for sustainable development.

“Women's empowerment is the cornerstone of sustainable and inclusive development,” concluded the final declaration of "Women's Perspective on the Post-2015 Development Agenda," drafted by members of the İstanbul Summit Executive Board on Sunday.

The declaration stated that women's empowerment should encompass the promotion of women's rights in terms of access to health, education and productive resources and opportunities, including safe and secure employment conditions for the developing world.

Organized by the Journalists and Writers Foundation's (GYV) Abant Platform and Women Platform, the two-day summit kicked off on Saturday at the congress center of Fatih Koleji with a program dedicated to discussions on a variety of topics, including women's empowerment, gender equality and food security, as part of the post-2015 UN Development Agenda, from the perspective of women.

More than 400 participants from different parts of the world, including members of nongovernmental organizations, parliamentarians, academics, activists and journalists, discussed developing the Sustainable Development Goals that will be worked towards after the United Nations Development Millennium Goals Agenda, which has 2015 as its deadline.

Nafis Sadik, a special adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and Professor Shirley Randell, one of Australia's 100 Inaugural Women of Influence in 2012 in the Global Category, were among the participants at the summit.

The participants of the summit underlined the importance of equality between women and men and proposed gender equality before the law, in the workplace and in the home as a stand-alone goal as well as one to be integrated into all other goals.

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Turkcell’s “Women Empowerment in Economy” CSR Project Wins the Top Award from IPRA | Reuters

Turkcell’s “Women Empowerment in Economy” CSR Project Wins the Top Award from IPRA | Reuters | Women Empowerment | Scoop.it
Turkcell’s “Women Empowerment in Economy” CSR Project Wins the Top
Award from IPRA


Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (IST:TCELL)

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Evelyn Chima's insight:

Its good to engage women in waste management and environmental protection. Besides for economic benefit, women are affected more in the pollution and environmental degradation

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Dr Lendy Spires's curator insight, June 2, 2014 11:10 PM

Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (IST:TCELL), the leading technology and communications company of Turkey, won the prestigious International Public Relations Association (IPRA) Golden World Award for the best corporate responsibility project with “Women Empowerment in Economy”.

 

The project was also deemed the best of the best, winning IPRA’s Grand Prix for Excellence after competing with all the other projects that have won the top awards in 29 categories.

 

A cooperation between Turkcell, Turkey’s Ministry of Family and Social Policies and Turkish Foundation for Waste Reduction (TISVA), the Women Empowerment in Economy aims to promote the participation of women with limited means in the economy, and to contribute to their social and economic empowerment by helping them start up income-generating businesses, or expand their existing businesses.

 

Its structure as a crowd-sourced microfinance project is a global first: For the first time, a mobile operator cooperates with a micro-finance institution, the Grameen Trust of Nobel Laureate Muhammed Yunus and its program in Turkey, to initiate a social borrowing model.

 

Koray Öztürkler, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Turkcell received both awards from Zehra Güngör, who took over the presidency of IPRA on January 1st, 2014. Emphasizing Turkcell’s continued commitment to creating equal opportunities for Turkey’s women, Öztürkler said “Our goal was to add Turkcell’s technological power to our women’s entrepreneurial spirit.

 

The number of entrepreneurs that have joined the program has already reached 68 thousand although it has only been a year since the project was launched in 2012. The micro-credit pool now stands at 1 million Turkish liras including Turkcell’s initial contribution, and crowd-sourced funds and donations.

 

The pride of making a difference in the lives of our women is fortified by the international recognition that the project is receiving from prestigious institutions such as IPRA and Mobile Excellence Awards.”