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.
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.
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.