Labour Market Support Programme for NEETs (NEET PRO) Operation
2 July 2020
“Technical Assistance for Empowering Women through Cooperatives” – (EuropeAid/140694/IH/SER/TR) – Corrigendum to Contract Notice has been published.
6 July 2020

Empowering Women through Cooperatives (WOMENCOOP)

Action /Activity:

Action I: Employment
Activity I.II Promoting Employment and Employability

Title of the Operation:

Empowering Women through Cooperatives (WOMENCOOP)

Operation Number:


Implementation Period:

15.09.2021- 14.03.2024

Operation Beneficiary:

Beneficiary: Directorate General on the Status of Women (DGSW) in the Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Services
Co-beneficiary: Department of Training and Publication in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Website / Social Media Accounts:

Interventions and Estimated Results:

The overall objective of the Operation is to increase women's employment and to empower women through promoting and supporting women's cooperatives.

The Operation consists of a service component with a duration of 30 months.

Activities to be carried out within the scope of the Operation are as follows:

• Trainings and services for women with a potential to establish cooperatives/become cooperative partners, women and men who are cooperative partners,
• Strengthening the institutional capacity of beneficiary and co-beneficiary institutions and relevant actors,
• Awareness raising activities,
• Scientific and technical studies on cooperatives,
• Activities to ensure cooperation and coordination.

Through these activities, 6000 women and 3000 men will benefit from trainings and services; institutional capacity building activities will be carried out for 585 people; 1200 people will be reached through awareness activities; 5 scientific and technical study reports will be prepared; 5 events will be organized to ensure cooperation and coordination.

Current Situation:
(End of April 2023)

The service contract was signed on 02.08.2021 and the implementation period started on 15.09.2021.

The second Steering Committee Meeting was held on 31 January 2023.

For Activities 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4, an access strategy and training programmes covering trainings for women who have the potential to become/establish cooperative partners, women and men who are cooperative partners have been prepared. Trainings within the scope of the activities have been realized in Ankara, Erzurum, Kars, Diyarbakır, Artvin, Aksaray, Malatya, Mardin, İzmir, Adana, Gaziantep, Çorum, Kırklareli and Eskişehir.

60 cooperatives to be supported by the Consultancy Services carried out within the scope of Activity 1.5 have been determined and the studies in this regard have continued.

Within the scope of Activities 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3, the first and second Institutional Capacity Building Trainings were organised in Ankara, the third training was held in Diyarbakır and the fourth training was realised in Antalya.

Approval processes for 5 short films for Awareness Raising activities within the scope of Activity 3.2 have been completed.

A study visit was conducted in Italy in October 2022 for the mapping of women's cooperatives to be carried out within the scope of Activities 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4, which are covering Scientific and Technical Studies, and for on-site examination of good practice examples.

Within the scope of Activities 5.1 and 5.4, which cover the provision of Coordination and Cooperation Mechanism, Local Stakeholder Meetings were held in project provinces and Webportal studies were continuing. Within the scope of Activity 5.1, Local Stakeholder Meetings have been held in Isparta, Çorum, Malatya, Ankara, Adana, Muğla, Bursa, Antalya, Diyarbakır, Konya, Eskişehir, Karabük, Sinop and Kocaeli so far.