Ankara - The closure meeting of UN Joint Programme "Fostering an Enabling Environment for Gender Equality in Turkey" was held on June 4, which was hosted by the Turkish Grand National Assembly Equal Opportunities Commission for Man and Woman (KEFEK).
Cemil Çiçek, speaker of Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM), Azize Sibel Gönül, KEFEK Chairperson, Cevdet Yılmaz, Turkish Minister of Development, Aşkın Asan, Deputy Minister of Family and Social Policies, Kamal Malhotra, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkey and Gülden Türköz Cosslett, Director of the UN Women Programme Support Division delivered their opening speeches.
The results and activities of the programme were discussed in the meeting.
The joint programme “Promoting Sustainable Environment for Gender Equality in Turkey" had started on October 2011, along with the cooperation of KEFEK, UNDP and UN Women.
Mainstreaming gender equality in the legislation and policy making processes
With the collaboration of KEFEK which was founded in 2009, efforts were made in order to strengthen national gender equality system.
The programme is grounded on the progress of gender equality agenda in the Turkey since 1990, to foster a more responsive and accountable environment for men and women.
Institutional structures and capacities were strengthened within the framework of this programme to mainstream gender equality art in legislation and policy making processes, subsequently translated into full-fledged implementation, regularly monitored, evaluated and, if necessary, adjusted.
Advocating gender equality all around Turkey
In the programme which ended on July 2014, national legislation monitoring and gender equality awareness workshops were made. Also regional meetings and promotion campaigns that cover 26 provinces were carried out to spread the gender equality activities on a local scale.
TBMM undertook the advocacy of gender equality activities, thus activities were also organized outside Ankara.
The programme reached more than 1500 public sector, private sector and NGO representatives thanks to the regional meetings.
Within the scope of the collaboration with General Directorate of Post and Telegraph Organization (PTT), programme brochures were printed out and distributed all over the country.
Messages regarding gender equality were used on the postage stamps for a year, and finally cooperations between NGOs and public sector was established.