She has the Power to change her community! You have the Power to EmPower Her!
BTF has established a scholarship fund to honor Medine Memi (a young victim of honor killing from SE Turkey) to raise awareness of this horrible crime and to provide scholarships for underprivileged young women from her region. BTF continues to champion educational initiatives throughout Turkey as an effective means to reduce gender inequality and discrimination.
Turkey is one of the countries where honor crimes occur with alarming frequency. The honor killings and violence against women cannot be solved by legal measures alone although legal measures are crucial. Raising awareness through education and economic development are also important in combating this problem. Literacy in children in Turkey is improving, however, girls are still significantly disadvantaged: unschooled girls to boys ratio in Turkey is 2 to 1.
There is a strong correlation between violence against women and women's social power and equality and a baseline of development, associated with access to basic resources, health care, and human capital, such as literacy. Based on this principle, BTF will provide scholarships to champion new beginnings for young girls and women in Turkey through educational opportunities.
The scholarships will provide economic assistance to underprivileged young girls and women in creating a better future for themselves, their communities, and us all. Ultimately, these scholarships will help build communities where every young girl has the same opportunity to succeed, the chance to live out her dreams, and honor killings are a thing of the past.
Total Funding Received to Date: $2,300
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $17,700
Total Funding Goal: $20,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).