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Empowering Women in the Workplace, Marketplace and Community Selected Cases from the Gulf Countries, Turkey and

Sponsored by Borusan and supported by Zed , Alkoclar and Turkish Airlines

Purpose: This Event, hosted by Borusan Holding and co-organized by BPW-Turkey, UNGC Turkey Network, UNGC Gulf Countries and the UNGC Iraq Network will bring together representatives from business, government, civil society and other key stakeholders from Turkey, as well as neighbouring countries in the Middle East and Gulf Region, to take stock of efforts to raise awareness of the Women Empowerment Principles and share best practices and lessons learned on implementation of the Principles. The Womens Empowerment Principles, (The Womens Empowerment Principles) a partnership initiative of UN-Women and UN Global Compact, provide a set of considerations to help the private sector focus on key elements integral to promoting gender equality in the workplace, market place and community. Date: 10. May. 2013 Location: Borusan Oto - stinye Mahallesi Saryer Caddesi No:77 Saryer/stanbul RSVP/LCV: Ipek Isbitiren , BPW Turkey -

AGENDA Morning Session: 09:15-9:25: Opening Speech by Arzu zyol, UN Representative for BPW International and Founding President of BPW Turkey Federation 09:25-09:35: Welcome Speech by Agah Uur, CEO, Borusan Holding 09:35-09:50: Mrs. Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson, Emirates Environmental Group and President, UN Global Compact Network GCC States 9:50-10:05: Mr. Muhammed Al Dulaimi, Member of the Board, UN Global Compact Network Iraq 10:05-10:20: Dr. Yilmaz Argden, Chairman of the Board, Global Compact Trkiye 10:20-10:45: Award Ceremony for the Transboundary Sucesses Suteks Borusan Turkcell 10:45-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-11:15: Intersection Points of WEF Global Gender Parity Group and UNWEPs by Assistant Deputy Minister of Family and Social Affairs, Government of Turkey, Ms. Akn Asan. 11:15-11:30: Last Developments in Turkey from the Gender Equality Perspective by Minister of Family and Social Affairs, Government of Turkey by H.E Fatma ahin. 11:30-11:45: Speech from Her Excellency, Mrs. Emine Erdoan 11:45-12:00: Award Ceremony for the Leadership of Ms. Emine Erdoan in Gender Equality in Turkey 12:00-12:15: Group Photo

12:15-13:15: Lunch

Afternoon Session: 13:00-15:00: Panel I: Fundamental Topics

Moderator: Arzu zyol, Founding President of BPW Turkey Federation Prof. Dr. Nesrin OBANOLU,Head of the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Gazi University Ruhsar PEKCAN, Member of the Board, Womens Entrepreneurship Council, Turkish Union of Commodities and Exchanges (TOBB) ule YCEBIYIK, corporate Communications Manager, Borusan Holding: Gender Equality from the Perspective of Corporate Social Responsibility Hamdi Doan, Chairman of the Board, Turkish Quality Association (KALDER): WEPs and Worlds Economy Dr. Glden TRKTAN, President of the Womens Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER): WEPs Leadership and Women NGOs Emine Erdem, Governor, Soroptimist Turkey: Importance of Education regarding to Womens Participation in Economy.

15:00-15:15: Coffee Break

15:15-17:30: Panel II: Case Studies Moderator: Dr. Melsa Ararat, Director, Corporate Governance Forum, Sabanc University Simona MARINESCU, Director, UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) Nur Ger, Founder and Chairman, SuTeks Deniz ZTRK, Turkey Representative, UN Global Compact Office Leyla Alaton, Member of the Board, Alvimedica Medical Technologies dil Trkmenolu, HR and Corporate Communications Director, Boyner Holding Zeynep zbil, Chief Group Human Resources Officer, Turkcell

17:30: Meeting Concludes

Main Objectives: Provide a fora of best cases on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community Provide a connecting point between the Womens Empowerment Principles and the World Economic Forum Gender Task Force for the MENA Region Provide a key opportunity to highlight efforts in the MENA, Gulf Countries and Turkey to advance the WEPs Bring together business, government, civil society etc. from Turkey and neighbouring countries to exchange lessons learned and identify opportunities to advance the WEPs Share experiences on how to empower women in public and private sectors Increase awareness about women empowerment in the countries that are in the phase of transition Foster collaboration and joint-activity between the UNGC Local Networks of Turkey, the Gulf Countries and Iraq on a thematic level

Co-Organizers: The International Federation of Business and Professional Women-IFBPW has an 80year long history with nearly 40,000 members under organizations in 100 countries. BPW International is granted with consultative status by the UN, the organization operates as a defence mechanism organization and plays decisive roles in the creation of international resolutions, regulations, laws and directives on the social gender equality. At local level, it creates pressure on the national governments and ensures the national implementation of the international laws. The first BPW Club in Turkey was established in 2006 in Ankara. Today there are 7 Clubs in Ankara, stanbul, zmir, Adana, Konya and Eskiehir and 3 emerging clubs. These clubs have completed 3 European Union Funded Projects about women empowerment and play a very strong role in advocacy mechanisms. Additionally, after becoming a Federation in 2011, two International Conferences were realized in order to increase the community awareness about WEPs.

The founding President of BPW-Turkey Arzu zyol is also the UN Representative of the BPWI, Executive Board Member and Turkish Representative of UNESCO Center for Peace and Women in Balkan Countries. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Strategic Dialogue with Civil society that was started in May 16, 2012, under the auspices of the State Departments Strategic Dialogue with society by Secretary Clinton. UN Global Compact Local Networks of Turkey, Gulf Countries and Iraq: In over 100 countries, Global Compact Local Networks serve an essential role in rooting the Global Compacts issue platforms and campaigns within different national, cultural and language contexts, and providing an important base for companies to convene and act on sustainability issues at the ground level.