ECONOMY, ISTANBUL, WOMAN

2015 11 14

Istanbul hears call to boost female entrepreneurs

Three-day summit to host 150 female entrepreneurs from 35 countries.

Turkey’s public and private sector are being urged to work together to increase the country’s number of female entrepreneurs.

As Istanbul prepares to host a major three-day business summit between Nov. 15-18, female entrepreneurs from 35 countries will hear calls to increase the number of women in senior roles in the workforce.

The International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge – or IWEC – aims to bring together female entrepreneurs from different countries in order to give them an opportunity to develop their businesses globally.

The Istanbul Chamber of Commerce – which is backing the summit – says its “most important target” is to increase the numbers of women entrepreneurs, according to Ibrahim Caglar, president of the institution.

Speaking in Istanbul on Friday, Caglar said the number could be increased with joint efforts by both the public and private sectors.

According to figures of the Turkish Statistical Institute, 49.8 percent of Turkey's population is female but the rate of the women's participation in business life is 30.8 percent.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce board member Ilhan Soylu, said: 

"Thanks to the IWEC meeting to be held in Istanbul this year, we will carry the potential of women entrepreneurs in the world to Turkey and will highlight the importance of women labor force and Turkish women's strong potential."

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