Global Reach: Turkey

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EMpower in TURKEY

EMpower’s work focuses on Livelihoods, Education and Health and Well-being in the areas of Istanbul and Van. EMpower has made important contributions in the area of girls’ education and economic empowerment, as well as creating neighborhood/community-based youth programming. Turkey has a population of nearly 76million, with 70% living in rural areas compared with urban. Young people aged 10-24 represent 45% of the population.

Issues affecting Youth

Limited access to Education

With Turkey’s 25% high school dropout rate, much needs to be done to decrease secondary education dropout, to ensure school-to work transitions and promote the health and well-being of youth who are living in poverty with limited access to services.

Youth Unemployment

Turkey has a 20% youth unemployment rate for ages 15-24, and nearly 30% of university graduates are unemployed for an average of 13 months after graduation. Workforce participation of women is low, with 76% of paid employment of men compared with 33% of women.

Gender Inequality

Turkey is ranked 125th of 142 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report 2014. 40% of women aged 15-29 are not in education, employment or training compared with 19% of men in the same age range. Regardless of social or economic background, girls are less likely to finish high school and be employed, more likely to be married early, and very likely to face violence in their lives.

Sexual Health

Youth living in disadvantaged urban areas face high rates of early marriage, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

Our Approach to tackling the Issues

  • Support work with groups that are at particular risk: young girls, youth with disabilities, migrants (rural to urban), Syrian migrant youth, Roma and other communities living in disadvantaged and particularly urban communities.
  • Support organizations that are making key inroads in the areas of girls’ education and economic empowerment.
  • Support organizations that have or would like to develop youth-specific programs and outreach services.
  • Support the creation of neighborhood/community-based youth programming.

Other countries in Turkey & Russia:

Our Underwriters pay for all of our administrative and fundraising costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to empowering at-risk youth.