27 March 2018
The amount of financial support working mothers will receive increases to 1014 TL from 304 TL.
16 January 2017
4,217 women benefited from the “Mothers’ Hotel” in the southeastern city of Sirnak, which is dedicated to serve pregnant women when roads are obstructed by heavy snow in winter.
24 November 2016
The Social Security Institution (SGK) kicks off the Project of Supporting Registered Women’s Employment via Babysitting Services at Home. The project aims at providing 300 euros per month for the mothers of children aged up to 24 months who work in the private sector and have insurance.
08 September 2016
For the first time a woman, Major Esra Ozatay, takes up the post of fleet commander in the Turkish Air Force.
02 May 2016
The Ministry of Health launches “Mother and Baby TV” where detailed information about pregnancy and baby care will be given.
29 April 2016
With changes made in the relevant code, female employees will be given breastfeeding breaks for three hours a day in the first six months and one and a half hours a day in the second six months following the end of their maternity leave.
26 January 2016
Female civil servants will be able to work part-time after maternity leave for two months after the first childbirth, four months for the second and six months for third. There will not be any cutback applied on financial and social rights within this period.
01 April 2015
With changes made in the relevant code, those who work in a household for more than 10 days must be provided with insurance.
01 January 2014
Almost 300,000 citizens are paid 500 Turkish liras (231 dollars) on a two-month basis within the scope of Financial Aid Program for widowed women.
01 January 2014
The number of guesthouses for women increases from 11 to 131.
20 March 2013
Violence Prevention and Monitoring Centers are established in Turkey’s 14 cities. In the first year, 22,000 women and 6,000 children received service from these centers.
01 January 2013
Women’s labor force participation rate increases to 30.8 percent. While this rate is 28 percent in the cities, more women begin to join the workforce in rural areas (36.7 percent).
18 October 2012
The Ministry of Family and Social Policies introduces the pilot study of “Electronic Support System for Protecting Violence Victims” with the cooperation of the Ministry of Interior and Turkish National Police. The system includes electronic handcuffs and a panic button.
02 January 2012
In order to support women’s entrepreneurship, 5,638 women entrepreneurs are provided with financial support. 90 Million Turkish Liras (48 million dollars) was spent by KOSGEB in the first two years of the project.
18 March 2011
Employees are provided mental support via psychologists working at the hotline of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (ALO 170) in order to enhance the struggle against mobbing and psychological harassment.
03 January 2011
With the new amendments in the law, maternity leave and nursing leave are subject to reform. Fathers can also benefit from unpaid leave upon request.
25 May 2010
The High Council of Women’s Employment is established as required by a prime ministry circular to strengthen women’s social and economic positions, to establish gender equality in social and business life, and to increase women’s employment. The council also started to supervise the implementations of preventing gender discrimination.
01 January 2010
In order to ensure the opportunity of “equal pay for equal work” and increasing women’s employment, a circular titled “Ensuring Increasing Women’s Employment and Equal Opportunities” is issued by the Prime Ministry.
24 March 2009
The Commission of Equal Opportunities of the Genders is established in the Parliament in order to establish the perspective of gender equality in the law.
08 September 2008
A campaign for literacy dubbed “Mother-Daughter in School” begins. According to the data of late 2012, 1.5 million women learned how to write and read during the campaign.
26 May 2008
With a new amendment in the labor law, insurance prims will be paid by the government for five years in order to increase the employment of women and the youth.
01 May 2007
With changes made in the Income Tax Law, women’s income from their homemade products will be exempted from income tax.
03 July 2005
With changes made in the relevant code, it became a legal necessity to open a women’s shelter in every local governance whose population is above 50,000.
01 June 2005
In the Turkish Penal Code, the punishment for murders “motivated by honor” is increased and such crimes are included under the sentence of life imprisonment.
18 May 2005
The National Assembly of Turkey decided that the “Turkish Assembly Research Commission” be established to investigate and prevent the reasons for honor killings and violence against women and children.
07 May 2004
A constitutional amendment states that women and men have equal rights and the state is responsible for putting this equality into practice.
22 January 2004
The prime ministry issued a circular regarding the establishment of gender equality in employment. All public institutions and corporations were ordered to recruit their staff with respect to the requirements of the job and without discrimination.
01 January 2004
A hot line -183- is launched to offer services to women and children exposed to violence.
16 June 2003
With changes made in Turkish Penal Code, honor killings of children will be more harshly punished. The article that foresees discount in punishments of honor killings is abrogated.
10 June 2003
Maternity leave is extended through legal changes. It is determined that women employees shall not be forced to work for 16 weeks, eight before and eight after birth.
01 January 2003
With amendments made in the labor law, the “equal pay for equal work” principle is included to prevent discrimination in the workforce.
01 January 2003
The girls’ education campaign in Turkey “Haydi Kızlar Okula!” kicks off. The goal of the campaign is to close the gender gap in primary school enrollment. With the project, 350,000 girls started to go to school.