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“EQUALITY MEANS BUSINESS” ISTANBUL EVENT, MAY 4 2011

UNITED NATIONS BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN ECONOMIC LIFE

1. Relevance of the Event

It is anticipated that the participation of women in economic life at all sectors and levels will have significant contribution to the national and global economy:

  • Strengthening of the economies as a result of the inclusion of the idle labour,
  • Creation of a more balanced and fair societies,
  • Achieving sustainable development and prevailing human rights as targeted by the International Decision Mechanisms,
  • Raising the total life qualities of all people without any discrimination,
  • Increasing the efficiency at company level and achieving long term goals in shorter times,

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