49.8% of Turkey's population constitutes of female population. While the numbers of women who receive education have increased in recent years, the proportion of female illiteracy is higher when compared to male illiteracy. As for high school graduates and equivalency, the number of females who are high school graduates constitutes a mere 14.4%. TPF plans to send more girls to high school and make the greatest impact in lives of many young women by providing them with scholarships.
There is still an existence of false view that persists in Turkish culture that sending a son to school rather than a girl is more beneficial for the family both economically and socially. These views reinforce gender stereotypes and because of it many girls and women are denied right to education. For example, 10% of women are illiterate, 70 % of women do not have any primary school education and 56% of females drop out of high school in Turkey.
Turkish Philanthropy Funds is tackling major roadblocks that prevent Turkey's female population from achieving their dreams. Providing access to education by means of scholarships and allowing women and girls to thrive in all areas of their lives. Additionally, through our partner Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi (CYDD) in Turkey, we will educate families into understanding the long term impact of allowing their daughters to study.
The long term impact of girls' education is endless. Once a girl is educated, it will be easier for her to find a job. She is 50% less likely to marry before she is 18 and have fewer children. Girls are also more likely to invest in others and this has the potential to shape an entire culture.