labor/economy

  • Women produce olive oil soap in Idlib 

    Women have produced olive oil soap in Idlib for thousands of years. For women living in the city, producing olive oil soap has become a cultural ritual. 60-year-old Suheyla El Tabel is one of the representatives of this culture. “We want to protect our culture. We earn a livelihood by olive oil soaps. We use them to clean our house and for our personal hygiene,” Suheyla El Tabel said.

  • Sîdar’s cold drinks shop encourages women 

    Hot weather begins and the Covid-19 pandemic has been slowed down a little bit. It is time for cold drinks and ice cream. If you have a chance to go to Halabja, you should visit the cold drink shop of Sîdar. All products, including fruit ice cream and cold drinks, she sells in her shop are organic.

  • Hakkari’s only female beekeeper Berivan wants to expand her business 

    Berivan Yardımcı is a beekeeper in the Yüksekova district of Hakkari province. She takes care of her beehives for four seasons; she makes a living by selling honey she collects from the beehives. She is the only woman doing this job in the city and her aim is to expand her business.

  • “Don’t turn back even if an avalanche engulfs your way” 

    Ömür Özdemir had a private business with her husband. After getting divorced; she entered a hard life with her daughter İdil. The heavy debt left from the private business caused economic problems for her. She began to sell apricots of her hometown to overcome her economic problems. “Don’t turn back even if an avalanche engulfs your way,” she told women despite her difficult journey.

  • She makes her living from her 20-year-old mill 

    Safiya Ereğli has made a living from her grain milling facility she opened 20 years ago in the Suüstü village of Hakkari’s Yüksekova district. Despite her age, she keeps working on graining wheat, chickpeas, and corn and she feels bad when she doesn’t work.

  • Slaves of this century: Female domestic workers 

    Female domestic workers are called slaves of this century. They are among those who have been forced to work for peanut and cope with their poverty alone. June 16th is International Domestic Workers Day and we try to explain the working conditions of female domestic workers in this article.

  • Survival strategy for women affected by Covid-19 in Libya 

    When someone talks about Libya, we first remember how its oil reserves and rich territory, and surely Libya’s civil war broke out in 2011. Do Libya’s rich oil reserves affect women’s daily life? Of course no! Women have been deeply affected by poverty in Libya. According to the statistics regarding poverty in Libya, about 33 percent of Libyans live at or below the poverty line. Female micro-entrepreneurs have been organizing under the umbrella of the “Uniqueness Empowerment Organization” against poverty in the country. Women working from home, women having a profession but unable to find a job come together under the same umbrella to have their economic freedom. We spoke to Hind Albshari, the Program and Projects Director for Al Mezan Development Organization, and the Founder and Chairwoman of the Uniqueness Empowerment Organization, about their projects.

  • Greenhouse she built in Lice becomes her livelihood 

    Hüsna Dolan, who was forcibly displaced from the Daralan village of Amed’s Lice district to Mersin province years ago, worked in Mersin as a seasonal farmworker and decided to return to her village a year ago. She built a greenhouse in her village and now she grows green peppers, tomatoes, beans, and cucumbers. She sells these products to sellers of vegetable markets to earn a livelihood.

  • She turns her hobby into business 

    The wood painting was a hobby for Selahat Bayram but she managed to turn her hobby into a business. Now, she has a workshop and provides inspiration for many women. “Having my economic freedom is a great feeling,” she said.

  • 20.000 women make a living by selling used goods in Tunisia 

    When we go to flea markets, we hear men shouting, “Dirt cheap” but the situation in Tunisia is different because women sell used goods at flea markets. 20,000 women make a living by selling used goods at flea markets.

  • İlham Yûsif works hard to raise her children alone 

    49-year-old İlham Yûsif is a mother of four and much known for being a hardworking woman, she struggles to make a living. She lives in the Hemra village of Hasekê’s Til Temir district and raises her children alone and holds on to life by working.

  • Zuzax ready to eat after being collected 

    Zuzax is an herb growing on the mountain highlands of Amed’s Kulp district. The women of Kulp beat Zuzax in a mortar after collecting them. Hayriye Tekin is one of these women, “People can use this herb to heal themselves and make money by selling them,” she said.

  • Story of Zahra Marwa, skillful taxi driver of Lebanon 

    Zahra Marwa has worked as a taxi driver in Lebanon for 17 years. She also raises her three children. She was forced into child marriage when she was 14 years old and she is now a member of an association working to stop child marriage.

  • Berivan women milk animals between two borders 

    Berivan (Milkmaid) women living in Andaç located close to the Turkish and Iraqi border cross the border every day to milk their goats. After milking the goats, they return to their village. The women say that being Berivan has become their job and they enjoy doing it.

  • “I love my animals and mountains very much,” says Aysel Arslan working as shepherd in Kulp 

    Aysel Arslan lives in Diyarbakır’s Kulp district and makes a living by working as a shepherd. Even if her job is hard she forgets the hardship of her job because of her love for mountains and animals.

  • “A woman’s place is not in the home,” says Şadiye Akboz who accomplishes great things in small town 

    “A woman’s place is not in the home. The most beautiful thing in this life is to earn your own money without depending on anyone… For this reason, women should work without thinking about what people will tell,” said Şadiye Akboz, who is the only woman working in the historic Eğil district of Amed despite social pressure.

  • Journey of Koçer women to plateaus begins: “It is a hard job but we like” 

    The journey of Koçer (Nomad) women begins in spring. In Amed, Koçer women move to plateaus on Month Karacadağ for several months with their livestock. Koçer women look after domesticated animals; milk the sheep, make yogurt and cheese, cook for their families, and look after their children. “Even if it is a hard job, we like life on plateaus,” the women say.

  • Kowsar Sadeghi becomes Iran’s first female sailor working at Caspian Sea 

    Iranian Kowsar Sadeghi becomes the youngest and first female sailor working at the Caspian Sea.

  • OFSAF: Women's organization for women workers in Morocco 

    Samira Rayesse is a woman working for a union for years in Morocco. They founded a women’s autonomous organization called OFSAF to empower women in the agriculture and forestry sector. She gave information about the OFSAF, a different women's organizing experience.

  • Women harvest crops despite drought in Shengal 

    Despite the drought, it is the harvest season in Shengal. People living in Shengal have made a living from agriculture and animal husbandry. The women of Shengal keep cultivating their lands despite the low crop yields due to a reduction in rainfall and drought. As an Êzidi proverb says, “On our lands, first Êzidi women wake up, and then the sun rises; because women create the sun.” The women of Shengal wake up early to work in their fields.