Ger, the CEO of knitwear company SUTEKS, will serve for two years as the business world spokesperson of the initiative and will work to conduct awareness-raising projects in favor of gender equality for Turkish business circles and public opinion.
She had already served in the UN WEP's leadership group, and is now due to attend and deliver a speech at the UN WEP's annual conference to be held in New York on March 15-16.
The UN WEP is a seven-article initiative that has more than 1,000 signatories worldwide. Launched in 2010 as a joint program of the U.N. Global Compact and the U.N. Women, the UN WEP seeks to offer guidance to businesses on how to empower women in the workplace, the marketplace and the community.
Ger is also the Turkish Industry and Business Association's (TÜSİAD) Gender Equality Work Group head, and in 2013 she received an honorary award from the UN WEP for SUTEKS's human and gender equality-focused work model.
SUTEKS also received an SME category award from Turkey's Labor and Social Security Ministry in 2012 for its work on gender equality at work.
Founded in 1986, SUTEKS is a textile firm based in Istanbul specializing in circular knitwear and light woven ready-to-wear garments.