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Being a Women in Turkey – Part 2

26th December 2015

So we still have a lot left to talk about don’t we? So let’s look at some other important topics woman holidaying in or relocating to Turkey should know.

What Jobs can Women do: Many jobs are open to women in Turkey, however women have been struggling to achieve equal pay and employment in Turkey. The World Economic Forum recently revealed in its tenth annual “Global Gender Gap Index” that Turkey was currently place 130th. The index looks at the likelihood that a women would be able to participate fully in political and economic life and enjoy the most equal access to education and healthcare.

That being said Turkey has had a women head of state in the past (Tansu Çiller) and women can still find jobs in a number of fields. Foreign women are also sort after for jobs in fields like: education, and tourism.  

Travelling around the Country: Research is important when it comes to travelling, find out as much as you can about the area you’re going beforehand. You should also avoid taking short-cuts and if you need directions try and ask another women.

You should also make sure you’re taking a licensed taxi and avoid isolated areas, if you can try to travel with a friend or with a tour group at first till you get a better idea of the layout of an area. You should also keep your mobile/ smartphone with you at all times. 

Another tip to remember is travelling to and from the airport/ train station, if possible you should try and book this in advance from a refutable company. A company like Secure Drive Airport Transfers is a great example of a woman friendly airport transfer and chauffeur service that is safe and secure.  

Dating and Dinning: Dinning out on your own (or even with friends) can sometimes result in some unwanted attention. You might get offered a drink or several during the night, whatever you do don’t accept the drink. While it’s unlikely that anything untoward as happened to the drink it’s better to be cautious.

Ignoring any would be Lotharios will likely be enough to get them to leave you alone, but if they are persistent then you should kindly but firmly tell them you’re not interested. The dating scene in Turkey can be quite complicated (is any countries dating scene simple though)

As we discussed in our online dating for expats blog, the Turkish dating scene is something you should be fine with if you just use common sense. For example be aware of the fact that Turkey is a multi-faith society so religious beliefs and backgrounds could play a part in people’s attitudes towards dating.   

Family is also very important in many Turkish families so if you’re asked to meet a person’s family then this is definitely a big step. Overall as long as you use common sense and are aware of cultural differences you should be able to manage the Turkish dating scene.



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