(The sign on the door reads: MEN CANNOT ENTER!)

It used to be pretty rare to see women working out in Turkey – Bedriye Hulya set out to change that when she opened her first gym in 2006. The gyms are exclusively franchised to women who in turn employ female trainers and other personnel, empowering them to be independent.

This aired on Deustche Welle‘s World in Progress. You can listen to the original here.