Turkish state is male-dominated, any surprise?

A recent survey demonstrates the gendered structure of state bureaucracy. Yigal, below, sums up the survey. Then follows a roundup on Turkish society related news…

A Thick Glass Ceiling

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

Turkey’s State Personnel Department has just released figures detailing the participation (or lack thereof) of women in the country’s bureaucracy. It’s not a pretty picture. From a report in Today’s Zaman:

All undersecretaries in Turkish ministries are male. Out of 79 deputy undersecretaries, only 2 are female. Out of 96 director generals in Turkish ministries, 91 are male. All of the 175 governors in Turkey are male. Out of 450 deputy governors, 12 are female. Out of 8,284 high level bureaucrats, 7,713 are male while only 571 seats are taken by female public servants.

Out of 989 district governors, 19 are female.

Novelists ‘correct what history books disrupt,’ author panelist says

Hürriyet Daily News
A panel organized Saturday within the framework of the European Union-funded Cultural Bridges Program brings prominent novelists to Turkey. Buket Uzuner and Mario Levi are joined on the panel by Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass, Swedish writer Asa Lind and Elif Şafak from Turkey

a gallery of Turkish serial killers.

Scandals in Siirt could seal Turkish schools’ fate

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Shocking abuse incidents involving children attending regional boarding schools, or YİBOs, have made the nature of the schools a hot topic on the nation’s agenda. The system’s main goal was to increase school attendance, especially among families unable to afford transportation to and from school, yet many are now questioning its worth

Turks are ‘instinctive insurgents,’ top consultant says

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Marketing consulting guru David Morey, said Turks are predisposed to an ‘insurgent’ mentality when it comes to marketing.

Sociologist Aktar: Polarization is among elite, not men in street

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews by YONCA POYRAZ DOĞAN
Sociologist Ayhan Aktar says the division in Turkish politics is mostly in regards to the elite, not ordinary people, considering the tension in society in recent years when the country?s agenda has been full of weighty issues such as an ongoing investigation into a clandestine organization known as Ergenekon, the government?s efforts to settle the Kurdish issue and a hotly debated constitutional amendment package.

The Turkish Street Fighter: Hakan

from The Istanbulian by Emre Kızılkaya

Even though I am an early member of the Computer Generation, I still get surprised to see that today’s children enjoy the modern versions of the video-games of my childhood. Street Fighter is one of them. In the late 80s, I was playing this game with my brother on our Amiga 500 (then Amiga 1200 and the PC). And if we were away from home, say, for a summer vacation with our family, we were doing everything to find a local arcade with this game.

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