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Empower 100 Girls through Education in Turkey



Every girl holds the power to change the world! You have the Power to EmPower Her! BTF has established a fund to provide scholarships for underprivileged girls and young women from rural regions of Turkey to enable them to fulfill their dreams. BTF believes that scholarships are effective means to reduce gender disparity and discrimination. Annual scholarships are coordinated through our local trusted NGO-the Association in Support of Contemporary Living (Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi).

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Turkey is one of the countries where honor crimes occur with alarming frequency and is second in Europe in number of child brides (more than 181,000). While Turkey has made significant progress in reducing the number of out-of-school girls in the past few years, large numbers continue to dropout in high school. For many of these girls, education ends prematurely due to poverty.

How will this project solve this problem?

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. These scholarships are vital to keeping girls in school.

Potential Long Term Impact

The scholarships will provide economic assistance to underprivileged young girls and women in creating a better future for themselves, their families and 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.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $3,240
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $16,760
Total Funding Goal: $20,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader

Sevda Aleckson

Cary, North Carolina United States

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