Full support from Üsküdar University to the UN in coping with "social discrimination"!

7 principles under the United Nations (UN) Global Compact and the "Women’s Empowerment Principles" (WEPs) established within the scope of "UN Women" were also adopted by Uskudar University. Founding President Prof. Dr. Nevzat Tarhan said that they see gender equality as "rights" and "equality in opportunities".

Uskudar University took a decisive stance against such negativity, especially faced by women in public life, with the "Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Directive" published in 2017.

This time, the university adopted the UN's "Women’s Empowerment Principles" (WEPs) on International Women's Day on March 8, highlighting its effectiveness in coping with gender discrimination.

Prof. Dr. Tarhan: “We paraphrase gender equality as 'rights' and 'equality in opportunities'.”

While the university aims to build-up a free and peaceful environment for all employees regardless of gender, they have zero tolerance for psychological pressure and discrimination, said Prof. Dr. Nevzat Tarhan, Founding President of and Psychiatrist at Uskudar University:

“With the 'Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Directive' we published in 2017, we showed our decisive stance against such negativity, especially in women's social life. We paraphrase gender equality as "rights" and "equality in opportunities". Therefore, we would like to express that we will be pleased to adopt the 7 principles within the scope of the "Women's Empowerment Principles" (WEPs) established by the United Nations (UN). As Uskudar University members, we think that 'sexism is a discrimination equivalent to racism'. We openly declare that we will continue to stand up against physical and emotional bullying against women, not only in our country but all over the world, and we are ready to provide all kinds of support on national and international platforms for the empowerment of women.”

The 7 principles of the "Women's Empowerment Principles" (WEPs) adopted by Uskudar University are as follows:

1. Providing high-level corporate leadership for gender equality,

2. Supporting gender equality in business life and respecting the principle of non-discrimination,

3. Ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of female and male employees,

4. Supporting women's education, training, and professional development opportunities,

5. Entrepreneurial development, supply chain, implementation of marketing methods for women's empowerment,

6. Promoting equality through community initiatives and advocacy studies,

7. Evaluating the achievements regarding gender equality, reporting to the public.

World Health Organization’s (WHO) gender definition

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has previously stated; “Gender refers to the characteristics of women, men, girls and boys that are socially constructed. This includes norms, behaviors, and roles associated with being a woman, man, girl, or boy, as well as relationships with each other. As a social construct, gender varies from society to society and can change over time.” published on its official website. The original text on the subject can be accessed from the link https://www.who.int/health-topics/gender#tab=tab_1.


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