World Bulletin / News Desk
CarrefourSA, a French retail chain that is conducting a campaign in cooperation with the Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay) to deliver foodstuffs to the needy, on Sunday reportedly demanded that a headscarved worker be prohibited from serving in a tent where aid packages were being collected.
CarrefourSA operates in Turkey in partnership with Sabancı Holding.
According to an agreement between the retailer and Kızılay, CarrefourSA prepares packages that include foodstuffs in its various stores to be sold to customers. Customers buy the packages and then donate them to Kızılay, which has set up tents near the stores, to be delivered to the needy.
The Kızılay Ataşehir branch had established a tent near the Kozyatağı CarrefourSA, which attracted great interest on Sunday. When the Kızılay team found itself unable to cope with the large volume of donations, another person was assigned to work in the tent. Emine Demirci, a headscarved employee of Kızılay, went to the tent to help her colleagues.
According to a report that appeared in the Yeni Şafak daily on Monday, a manager from CarrefourSA went to the tent and told a Kızılay official that they couldn't allow a headscarved woman to work there. “The general director watched the tent via cameras and saw Demirci. ‘We can't let this happen',” he said, an unnamed Kızılay official was quoted as saying by Yeni Şafak.
Süleyman Akın, deputy head of Kızılay's Ataşehir branch, who said they were shocked by the order, told the daily that he tried to reach an official from CarrefourSA but failed. “What was done to our colleague, who works from morning to night, has upset us. We will be pursuing this,” he said.
CarrefourSA's directive sparked public outrage and debate over discrimination against veiled women in the private sector as a non-official ban on wearing headscarves still exists, although the government has removed the ban in institutions of higher learning and in some state institutions.
Borusan, BMW's Turkey distributor, had allegedly cancelled a sponsorship agreement with Turkish women's rally champion Burcu Çetinkaya in December, 2011, on the grounds that the co-host of a TV program Çetinkaya anchors was a headscarved woman.
Security forces kill 3 PKK terrorists, foil bombing in Van province
BIST 100 index rises 0.34 percent as US dollar/Turkish lira rate stands at 3.49
Cavusoglu is expected to discuss the issues on the agenda of Turkey-Iraq relations during his official visit to Baghdad
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discusses Palestine issue with Jordanian King
Three men arrested after attempting to sell artifact depicting Jesus Christ
EU minister Omer Celik asks German Chancellor to remember her motto is to talk to each other, and not about each other
BIST 100 rises 1,412.44 points; US dollar/Turkish lira exchange falls below 3.50
More than 1,000 counter-terror operations conducted across the country last week, says Interior Ministry
Turkey's ambassador to Pakistan meets new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad
Premier says 4,600 ISIL terrorists have been neutralized in Syria and Iraq so far
Binali Yildirim hopes ties with Association of Southeast Asian Nations will also enhance when Singapore heads regional body
BIST 100 index rises 0.03 pct while US dollar/Turkish lira rate stands at 3.52
Yildirim to attend Singapore-Turkey business forum and hold talks with president and prime minister
United Arab Emirates, three other Arab states cut ties with Qatar in June, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Turkey pays price of terrorist organizations’ instability
A predominantly Turkmen city, Tal Afar was captured by ISIL in mid-2014