TSKB Publishes “The Fault Line Deep Down: Gender Inequality” Report on International Women’s Day

12 March 2024
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TSKB Economic Research published a report titled “The Fault Line Deep Down: Gender Inequality” on March 8, International Women’s Day. “The Fault Line Deep Down: Gender Inequality” report by TSKB addresses the global issue of gender inequality, offering a comprehensive analysis within the framework of disaster resilience. The report states that providing inclusive financial opportunities will have a positive impact on gender equality, facilitating faster and more sustainable social recovery.

As Türkiye’s first privately-owned development and investment bank, TSKB (Industrial Development Bank of Türkiye) has dedicated 74 years to fostering economic, social, and cultural progress. On March 8, International Women’s Day, TSKB released its latest report on gender equality titled “The Fault Line Deep Down: Gender Inequality”.

The report serves as a guide on the correlation between disasters and gender, with a specific focus on the 2023 earthquakes in Kahramanmaraş and Hatay. It provides a thorough analysis of the topic from a gender perspective. The report highlights the reciprocal relationship between gender and the impact of disasters, noting that traditional gender roles can render women more vulnerable to disasters. Additionally, it emphasizes that women’s preparedness and coping capacity may be disproportionately affected compared to men. Gender inequalities may be exacerbated during the post-disaster phase. The report delves into this reciprocal relationship by exploring various themes including domestic caregiving responsibilities, employment, education, financial resources and services, and access to information technologies.

The report encompasses crucial topics such as enhancing women’s presence in the social sphere, fostering female employment nationwide, particularly in earthquake-affected areas, sustaining girls’ education, and securing equitable representation in decision-making entities. Emphasizing that inclusivity will be expedited through financing opportunities offered by international financial institutions, the report underscores that by bolstering gender equality, disaster resilience and social capital can be enhanced, leading to swifter and more enduring social recovery in disaster-stricken areas. Summarizing that achieving these objectives will also contribute to progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the report highlights the potential for creating multifaceted impacts, especially regarding SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).

Highlights from the report by TSKB Economic Research, titled “The Fault Line Deep Down: Gender Inequality”

• In the aftermath of disasters, the decline in family income and the rise in those requiring care as well as declining social assistance can further exacerbate women’s responsibilities. 

• The unequal distribution of responsibilities can result in a shortage of time for women, acting as a barrier to paid work. 

• Women’s lower levels of labor force participation and employment compared to men can jeopardize their ability to cope with challenges in the post-disaster period. 

• Attendance in education during the post-disaster period is observed to be at stake, with girls potentially facing a greater risk.

• Access to financial funds and services, essential for enhancing resilience in the aftermath of disasters, is limited for women.

• Türkiye exhibits higher rates of internet usage compared to other upper-middle-income countries. In contrast, the gender gap in internet usage stands at 7.6 percentage points in Türkiye, significantly higher than the 1.7 percentage points observed in comparable countries. 

• Gender roles significantly influence women’s vulnerability to disasters, making them crucial participants in the disaster process both before and after the event.

You can access the report here