21 Jan BBC: The recipe for success for a female Turkish restaurateur
To help her to succeed in Turkey’s male-dominated business community, female restaurateur Defne Ertan Tuysuzoglu says she followed a simple recipe.
“Business is a man’s world [in Turkey], and I found that being a woman you have less room to make a mistake than a man,” says the 42-year-old.
“It may be sometimes difficult for male employees to take orders from a woman.
“Therefore you have to be very disciplined, hardworking, and especially – be fair to all your employees.”
In a country where fewer than one in 10 business owners are female (according to the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey), Ms Tuysuzoglu is held up as a role model for young women thinking of setting up their own companies.