January 29, 2011

Online Istanbul-French Journal Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

Wanting to provide the French-speaking community in Istanbul with a supportive online platform and point of reference, the duo said their mission was to stamp out inaccurate European stereotypes of Turkey and strive instead to depict a portrait of the country that corresponded to today's reality.

Brigitte di Benadetto & Marie-Eve Richet, run the Istanbul branch of the free global newsletter 'lepetitjournal.'
As well as covering areas ranging from business relations between French and Turkish companies to what to do and where to go in Istanbul, the pair have also investigated and written features on the roles of Turkish women in the workplace.

“In Turkey, being a woman doesn't impede you from reaching top positions and being successful. In France there are still problems with regards to this matter – a woman must fight hard in order to be considered an equal in the workplace,” Benadetto said.

“It would surprise many people in France to find out that the director of a top company was a woman. Madame Güler Sabancı was classed by the Financial Times as the third most influential woman in the world. The strong position that Turkish women command in the workforce is unknown in France, there are really less prejudices here between the sexes than in France,” Richet said.

To subscribe to Istanbul's “petitjournal” head to www.lepetitjournal.com/istanbul

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