At a symposium on women rights held by the Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation, it was noted that the percent of women working in the labor force has been declining and now is at 26%– down from the 1990s. The reason for the lower figure is that about 66% of women work in the informal economy.
The informal economy’s growth is occurring throughout the world. I have noticed on Long Island the high percent of work in which cash is required because people are working “off the books.” It is interesting how in Turkey this phenomenon is more apt to impact women than men. I wonder why?