Educating girls now empowers future generations of women


Study after study has shown that when you educate a girl, you also educate the next generation. However, persistent gender bias in many aspects of culture and society has left girls out of the educational system, at great economic and social disadvantage. The facts are irrefutable, and we intend to #changetheratio with the #EWTFundforChange

Educational Inequality by the Numbers 

Globally, the ratio of unschooled women to men is 2 to 1, and women living in rural areas are doubly disadvantaged. The discontinuity (dropout) rate is higher in rural areas, and girls are always least likely to be in school. Because of gender bias and discriminatory cultural norms, many rural girls are forced to marry at a very young age. This leads to undeniable outcomes:

  • 13.45% of women and 6.5% of men in Turkey are illiterate, meaning the rate of female illiteracy is double that of men (1) 

  • The average length of time spent in education in Turkey is 6.5 years, compared with an average for all OECD countries of 11.4 years (2)

(1) Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK) 2010 figures

(2) United Nations 2010 Human Development Report

  • Ministry of Education of Turkey statistics also tell us that 66.14% of girls and 69.33% of boys make the transition from elementary to intermediate school.

  • The EU’s 2011 education report shows that in Turkey 14.7% of the population achieve a higher education qualification. This compares to an average for the EU of 40%.

  • OECD 2012 Education report indicate that only around 15% of women with primary level education (secondary school) participate in labor market. For secondary education this level goes above 50% (high school), while for tertiary education (college level) it reaches 90%.

The overall participation of women in labor force is only 29% putting Turkey not even in the top 100 countries for an economy that is 14th largest in the world. (