A general view of the Levent district in Istanbul, where many of Turkey’s leading banks and companies have their headquarters.
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government has set boosting female employment as one of its objectives for the centennial of the Turkish Republic, expecting the employment rate of Turkish women to exceed 35 percent by 2023 .In 2012, the employment rate of women in Turkey was only 29.5 percent, the lowest rate of 34 countries, according to 2014 Economic Survey of Turkey by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).The Turkish rate was well below the OECD average of 57 percent and even further below Turkish male employment rate, which stands at 69 percent, according to OECD's survey.The Turkish Employment Agency (ISKUR) also supports women by offering them training courses in various fields of occupation, including computer management, programming and sales.Some of these policies have visibly had their effect, as the female employment rate, while very low, has been steadily rising in the last decade from 23.3 percent in 2004 to 29.5 percent in 2012, as confirmed in the 2013 report by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat).Elif Lologlu, president of Women's Movement Association, finds it "impossible" to see the female employment rate in Turkey reaching 35 percent in the next decade.
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