Turkey: two reports highlight huge gap between genders

26 October, 13:40

(ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, OCTOBER 26 - Two recent reports, one local and the other global, have highlighted the inequality between men and women in Turkey, especially regarding employment and education issues, daily Hurriyet reports. According to the World Economic Forum's 'Global Gender Gap Index 2012,' Turkey ranked 124th out of 135 countries in terms of its success to achieve sex equality. Another report prepared by Turkish statistical institute, TurkStat, and presented to the Parliamentary Commission on Equality of Opportunity between Genders revealed similar dismal results as it points to an imbalance of female employment in the education sector.

According to a report by TurkStat titled 'Women by Statistics' – said to be the first such detailed and comprehensive study in Turkey on issues like violence against women, women's education and employment – in the education sector the rate of women's employment declines in higher education institutions. While the employment rate of women at preschool education facilities is almost 99%, the rate of female employment in elementary schools is 52.9%. The fraction of female teachers at intermediate schools is 42.5%, and the number of female academics is only 40.9%. According to state-run Anatolia news agency, the report says female participation in higher education is increasing.

While female employment among academics was only 36.7% in the 2001-2002 academic year, in 2011-2012 the figures reached 40.9%, according to the report. According to report data released by Anatolia, 4.9% of rectors at state universities in 2011 were female, while the data is slightly better in private universities with 6.8%. (ANSAmed).

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