ILO Continues Private Sector Trainings Promoting Sustainability in Gender-Based Practices

The training shows the participants how they can play a transformative role in their institutions, both at a policy and implementation level, and equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to make gender equality part of the corporate working culture while contributing also to the prevention of violence and harassment.

News | 22 November 2023
As part of its efforts to ensure gender equality and the prevention of violence in the workplace, the ILO Office for Türkiye hosted a training entitled “Hybrid Training of Trainers for Change Makers in the Field of Gender Equality in Companies” on November 8–9, 2023 in Istanbul, with the participation of representatives from textile, metal and chemical sector in Istanbul.

The target audience of the training was the private sector representatives who had participated in the digital “Zero Tolerance for Violence” and “I Support Equality” training given through ILO Academy, the digital training platform of the ILO Office for Türkiye.

The aim of the hybrid – and mostly interactive – training given by Nurcihan Temur, Burcu Üzümcüler and Halil İbanoğlu under the “More and Better Jobs for Women” program conducted by the ILO Office for Türkiye with funding from Sweden is to raise awareness of gender equality and the need to stamp out of violence and harassment in the workplace; to support the participants in their roles as change makers and trainers to contribute to the long-term integration of gender equality into corporate policies and practices; and to ensure the continuity of the said policies and practices.

In her opening remarks, Nergis Calbay, Gender and Social Dialogue Officer at the ILO Office for Türkiye, provided information on the program, cooperation with the private sector under the program, the objective of the Training of Trainers, the ILO Academy and ILO Convention No. 190. During the two-day event, held under the banners of “I Support Equality” and “Zero Tolerance for Violence”, the topics of gender equality in the world of work, ILO's gender equality agenda, the basic concepts of gender equality, gender-based violence in the workplace, approaches to zero tolerance for violence, and the consequences of gender-based discrimination were discussed, alongside related group studies.

Following the training, organized under the “16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls” campaign, the participants are encouraged to pass on what they have learned to their colleagues, resulting in increased awareness through a multiplier effect.