UPS: supporting women entrepreneurs in the Middle East

By Georgia Wilson
With only 17% of Turkish women declaring to have access to startup opportunities, global logistics company - UPS - starts 2020 by continuing its exporti...

With only 17% of Turkish women declaring to have access to startup opportunities, global logistics company - UPS - starts 2020 by continuing its exporting workshops for women.

What does this mean for women entrepreneurs in Turkey?

As a result of UPS continuing its exporting workshops across Turkey, women entrepreneurs will continue to receive access to help to build their export capabilities. Alongside UPS, Kadın Girişimciler Derneği (KAGIDER) and Kadın Emeğini Değerlendirme Vakfı (KEDV) will support the continuation of the workshops. 

“Many women entrepreneurs from local communities in Turkey lack access to the resources, knowledge and support they need to take advantage of global trade opportunities,” said Burak Kilic, Country Manager of UPS Turkey. “Our Women Exporters Program seminars are designed to help these entrepreneurs engage in global trade so more women-owned companies can do business across borders, boost economic growth and drive job creation in Turkey and beyond. By the end of 2020, UPS plans to expand these workshops and seminars throughout Turkey.”

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UPS’ workshops, seminars and online learning platforms, form part of the company’s Women Exporter Program (WEP), where it works in partnership with the International Trade Centre’s SheTrades initiative. The initiative strives to help female business owners overcome challenges such as supply chain processes. 

UPS alongside its partners will work to enhance market access for women by identifying regulatory barriers that disproportionately hinder women.  

“With UPS’s continued support, every female entrepreneur in Turkey will have the power to become a future global trailblazer,’’ said Emine Erdem, President of KAGIDER. “We are proud to work with the UPS Women Exporters Program to help reduce inequality and income disparity by increasing female participation in the Turkish economy.”

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