Mersin offers women vocational training

A project in the southern province of Mersin has provided training to 39 unemployed women in various fields in an effort to bring them into the workforce.

The joint project, sponsored by the municipal government and the İçel Handcrafts Foundation (İÇEV), trained 24 women to become nannies and entrepreneurs. An additional 15 were provided training on indoor horticulture.

At a ceremony held upon the completion of the women's training, Governor Hüseyin Aksoy said the project aimed to increase women's self-confidence and provide them with skills that would lead to economic independence.
"Our women do not participate in the labor force at the desired level. We will provide them with education to open paths for them into the labor market. The micro-credit system is a way in which we used to provide this," he said as he presented the women with certificates of completion.
According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) "Global Gender Gap Report 2007" Turkey is ranked 123rd among 128 countries when it comes to women's participation in the workforce. Male workforce participation is close to the countries of the European Union and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). However the EU's Lisbon Strategy requires Turkey to have 60 percent of women in the workforce by 2010. Turkey has only managed to raise this rate to 22 percent. İstanbul Today's Zaman with wires