ILO and SIDA signed a cooperation agreement to promote women’s employment in Turkey

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) signed a cooperation agreement for the programme “More and Better Jobs for Women – Phase II” to be implemented to promote women’s employment in Turkey.

Signed by Mr. Numan Özcan, Director of the ILO Office for Turkey, and Ms. Malin Stawe, Head of Pre-Accession and Humanitarian Assistance at the Swedish Embassy in Ankara, the cooperation agreement will cover the period from January 2019 to December 2022. Through this agreement, SIDA will provide funds of 30 million Swedish Kronas to projects to be implemented by ILO in this field.

The programme “More and Better Jobs for Women – Phase II” to be implemented by SIDA funding support under the “Gender Equality at Work Portfolio” of the ILO Office for Turkey will execute projects in the provinces of Ankara, Bursa, Istanbul, Izmir, Kocaeli and Konya to promote women’s access to employment opportunities and improve women’s working conditions in cooperation with multiple institutions.

SIDA and ILO, in partnership with the Turkish Employment Agency (ISKUR), had successfully implemented the Phase I of “More and Better Jobs for Women” to promote decent work for women in the period of 2013-2018. In the new period, the cooperation with ISKUR will be sustained in a stronger manner to support women who wish to participate in the world of work.

The ILO Office for Turkey will, under the programme “More and Better Jobs for Women”, engage in joint work with the General Directorate of Labour of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services, employers’ and workers’ organisations, women’s organisations and private sector to improve women’s working conditions in textiles, trade and office, food, general services and metal sectors.