The Issue of Women Poverty in Turkey in the Context of Capability Approach


The main purpose of this study is to present a detailed picture of women’s poverty in Turkey in the context of capability approach. Poverty is not considered only as lack of income. Lack of income may be considered as one of the reasons for poverty but it is not sufficient in itself to examine poverty thoroughly. Therefore, this study deals with the question of “what women are able to do” and “what women are able to be” rather than women’s level of income. Thus, poverty is defined as capability deprivation in this study. From this perspective, poverty is being deprived of capabilities such as being healthy, participation in social life, participating in political decision-making processes, receiving education, using and producing information, working in a paid job, travelling from one place to another, and participating in recreational activities. The target population of this study that is carried out in Turkey is women aged 18 and over. As a result of the survey study administered to 700 women from 7 cities (İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Van, Adana, Şanlıurfa) that represent 7 geographical regions of Turkey, it is seen that regional differences diversify women’s level of deprivation of capacities stated above. Therefore, it can be claimed that taking regional differences into consideration, rather than making generalizations, when women’s level of deprivation in Turkey is handled from the perspective of capacity approach would provide a more beneficial stance to understand the issue and produce a solution.

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Senem Kurt Topuz, Baysal University, Turkey
Abant Izzet, Baysal University, Turkey

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Conference: ECSS2015
Stream: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender

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