Women’s Labour and Employment in Turkey, in the Snare of Flexibilization and Informalization:
An Analysis within the Frame of Policy Documents*
Editorial : KEİG Platform
First Edition : September 2014
Women’s low employment rate has, especially in recent years, become an issue that is considered a problem, and made the subject of many projects and policies in Turkey. Yet, what all of these projects and policies have in common is that they see women as primarily responsible for the care of children and of sick/ elderly individuals, and thus plan their participation within the labour force market in a manner that is based on not hampering the fulfillment of these duties. On the other hand, the precarization of the labour force market and concern with regards to the future under poor working conditions without job security have become the common denominators interconnecting the experiences of a majority of workers today.
As the Women’s Labour and Employment Initiative (KEİG) Platform, we have been working to make the voice of women with regards to women’s labour and employment, and to labour force market heard, and we have been analyzing policies that are being formulated, and making proposals for true structural change since 2006. In this time period, we have seen that what is being done in the area of women’s labour and employment is centred upon a family model that reinforces the traditional gendered structure where men are bread-winners and women are responsible for domestic affairs, rather than on strengthening gender equality. This discourse and these practices based on the family are becoming ever more palpable in all areas of our lives. What this report aims to do within this context is to analyze the documents that determine the short and mid-term goals and direction of various state institutions from a perspective based on gender equality, in order to demonstrate what kinds of changes and transformations shall take place in the field
of women’s labour and employment in years to come.
The report has been written by the Women’s Labour and Employment Initiative (KEİG) Platform with 30 different women’s organizations in 14 provinces. What the KEİG Platform does is not only develop policies in the area of women’s labour and employment, but also advocate for these policies, together with its member organizations,
at both the local and the national level.
* This report may be used of under the condition that it is referenced properly.