Istanbul's only woman façade cleaner | DW Documentary

  • Published on:  Friday, March 12, 2021
  • 35-year-old Nazli Yilmaz works as a façade-cleaner on high-rise office buildings in Turkey’s metropolis Istanbul. She’s broken through a glass ceiling to scale glass facades in what’s always been strictly a man‘s world.

    Nazli Yilmaz is raising her 11-year-old daughter alone. She’s separated from her husband. That in itself puts her in an unusual position for a woman in Turkish society. She’s kept the separation a secret from her conservative parents and eight siblings. She gets together with her girlfriends and lives as a modern woman. She’s proud of her country but worried about its political development under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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