KOÇ-KAM Gender Studies Center

Partnership with UNESCO

Partnership with UNESCO


Koç University UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality and Sustainable Development



Koç University UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality and Sustainable Development corresponds to a higher-education institution and a research center, serving as a hub for the intersection of science and society. The Chair combines two key aspects of human wellbeing, gender equality and sustainable development. The Chair aims the advancement of research in these two main intersecting topical areas and the establishment of national, regional and international cooperation among researchers. The UNESCO Chair is housed at Koç University and is closely associated with the University’s Gender Studies Center (KOÇ-KAM). Established in 2010, KOÇ-KAM is actively funding research projects, providing training programs, networking and collaborating with other similar centers and NGO’s in Turkey and abroad.


KOÇ-KAM and UNESCO present “The Gender Equality in the Workplace Training Program” 



The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and The Center for Gender Studies at Koç University (KOÇ-KAM) organized “The Gender Equality in the Workplace Training Program” which took place at Koç Holding in June 10-17, 2015. In total, 198 managers from firms affiliated with Koç Holding, and representing various sectors and industries, attended daylong trainings for 5 days. In addition to the seminars lead by KOÇ-KAM’s valuable professors and Gülser Corat, the Director of the Division for Gender Equality at UNESCO, there were applied group trainings that took place with the contributions of Prof. Dr. Güler Fişek and AÇEV. Upon successful completion of the program, the participants were presented with their certificates by UNESCO and KOÇ-KAM.

* Press Release




KOC-KAM and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have signed a cooperation agreement in  2013 to jointly initiate a gender equality training program in Turkey. UNESCO Division for Gender Equality Director Gülser Çorat and faculty members of KOÇ-KAM jointly prepare the curriculum for the certificate program which will first be implemented as pilot in Koc University at the level of senior administration. The program will also be carried out in various private sector firms in order to create awareness about gender equality at work, provide a conceptual framework to explain the reasons that prevent women from reaching senior positions at work and conceptual and practical mechanisms to challenge traditional structures that promote gender inequality at work for a more equal and non-discriminative work environment.  The interactive, conceptual program that has immense practical value is a first in Turkey.