Turkcell Women's Initiative, 'Strong Women, Strong Turkey' at the UN

     Turkcell Women's Initiative, 'Strong Women, Strong Turkey' at the UN

  PR Newswire

  ISTANBUL, Turkey, March 7, 2013

ISTANBUL, Turkey, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Turkcell (NYSE:TKC, ISE: TCELL) , Turkey's leading communications and
technology company Turkcell represented Turkey on the panel organized by the
UN for the Women ' s Empowerment Principles  -  WEPsevent on March 5 ^th .
During this event, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Koray Öztürkler presented
Turkcell as an example for leading global companies, as well as the first
Turkish Technology Company to challenge and reduce the inequalities that women
face, through its corporate social responsibility projects with an emphasis on
the principle of 'Empowering the Women'. 

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The 5 ^th panel, which this year was hosted by the Austrian and Swedish
governments, was attended by UN country affiliates, leading businessmen,
academic scholars and NGO representatives. Speaking on the panel, Öztürkler
stated that: 'It is an honor to represent Turkey with Turkcell's pioneering
social responsibility projects at an event focused 'solely' on Women.
Providing better standards for our Women helps guarantee the future of our
children. In an attempt to provide equal opportunities in every aspects of
life, we stand by the women through our latest technology, and corporate
social responsibility projects, as well as by generating employment
opportunities. Since the last time we were here 2 years ago for our Snowdrops
project, we have continued to support and initiate many other projects such
as; Women Power to the Economy, regarding equality at the workplace, and the
Zero Tolerance of Violence against Women project , in cooperation with the
Ministry of Family and Social Policies , as well as Human Resources practices,
which position Turkcell as a unique company that cares about Women. Once
again, we are honored to represent Turkey at such an event with our vision of
' Strong Women, Strong  Turkey . '

Panel participants were able to see the successful results with impressive
numbers achieved by Turkcell:

  *Snowdrops: The project was developed jointly in 2000 with the Association
    in Support of Contemporary Living to provide equal educational
    opportunities for underprivileged girls. So far, over 100,000
    scholarships have been granted.Each year 10,000 young Turkish women
    continue to receive both financial and moral support.
  *Women Power to the Economy: Together with the Turkish Foundation for Waste
    Reduction ("TISVA") and the Turkey Grameen Microfinance Program, Turkcell
    has initiated the "Women Power to the Economy." It aims to reach out to
    100,000 women within 4 years. Turkcell has made an initial donation of
    TRY400,000 to boost the economic participation of women. Additionally,
    Turkcell organized a gala dinner attended by Turkish business leaders
    where the honorary guest was the Nobel Prize winning Bangladeshi economist
    Muhammad Yunus to raise an additional TRY400,000 for the campaign.
  *'' Zero ' ’ Tolerance of Violence against Women : In an attempt to raise
    social awareness of this sad reality, which damages family unity and hurts
    society at large, a national 360 degree awareness campaign was launched.
  *Employment: Turkcell human Resources policies enable women to be promoted
    to managerial positions, including senior executive level of Turkcell's
    executive level managers 42% are women. The total number of women working
    at Turkcell makes up 49% of our employees overall.


Turkcell is the leading communications and technology company in  Turkey ,
with 35.1 million subscribers as of December 31, 2012. Turkcell is a leading
regional player, with market leadership in five of the nine countries in which
it operates with its approximately 69.2 million subscribers as of December 31,
2012. It has become one of the first among the global operators to have
implemented HSPA+. It has achieved up to 43.2 Mbps speed using the Dual
Carrier technology, and is continuously working to provide the latest
technology to its customers, e.g. 84 Mbps in the near future. Turkcell
Superonline, a wholly owned subsidiary of Turkcell, is the one and only
telecom operator to offer households fiber broadband connection at speeds of
up to 1,000 Mbps in  Turkey . As of December 31, 2012, Turkcell population
coverage is at 99.17% in 2G and 84.02% in 3G. Turkcell reported a TRY10.5
billion (US$5.9 billion) revenue with total assets of TRY18.7 billion (US$10.5
billion) as of December 31, 2012. It has been listed on the NYSE and the ISE
since July 2000, and is the only NYSE-listed company in  Turkey . Read more
at http://www.turkcell.com.tr

For further information please contact Turkcell

Nihat Narin Division Head of Investor and
International Media Relations Tel: + 90-212-313-1244
Email: nihat.narin@turkcell.com.tr 

Banu Uzgur  International Media Relations Manager Tel: +
90-212-313-1506 Email: banu.uzgur@turkcell.com.tr 

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