The number of women entrepreneurs in Turkey has
jumped 35 percent to over 250,000 since 2013, according to a study released by
the Customs and Trade Ministry.
As of March 1, there were 256,992 women
business owners, compared to 190,382 in 2013, the study said, adding that the
share of women entrepreneurs rose 15 percent from 12.7 percent over the same
Istanbul boasts the largest number of women
entrepreneurs with 31,073, followed by İzmir and Ankara, which have 21,761 and
13,587 women business owners, respectively.
The least-populated northern province of
Bayburt, on the other hand, has just 102 women entrepreneurs. Bayburt had a
population of 78,550, according to a 2015 census.
The study also revealed that a whopping 84.4
percent of women-owned businesses were beauty salons.
Nurseries and kindergartens come next with 72.5
percent, while hair salons were third at 65.7 percent.
Alternative therapy centers and translation
offices round out the top five at 63.4 percent and 50 percent, respectively.
Customs and Trade Minister Bulent Tüfenkci told Anadolu Agency that the
government sought to further increase the number of women entrepreneurs in the
country, which he said was essential in terms of ensuring sustainable
“We have lots of women entrepreneurs who have
become role models in the global business world.
“As the government, we will continue to support
our women, and take the necessary steps to promote their presence in business,”