The fact that gender equality has not been fully achieved in Turkey is due to various interrelated reasons. The current problems women are encountering in domestic and social life, in education, in the workforce and in politics are closely related to the fact that the concept of gender equality remains to be accepted by various segments of society. In this context, women need to receive a quality education starting from early childhood, to be able to freely realize their potential and wishes, in line with their individual choices as active individuals in domestic and social life, in the workforce and in politics, and to challenge gender inequality.
The Aydın Doğan Foundation carries out extensive work across various fields from education to the workforce in order to make social gender equality possible, and especially to empower young women.
This work is carried out through the phases below:
It is mostly girls in secondary school who are accommodated in the female student dormitories brought into service within the scope of “Daddy, Send Me to School”. The conditions are usually similar for female students between the ages of 14 and 18. Although there are some apparent regional differences, the students lead a life that is lived solely at school and at the dormitories. There is rarely space in the dormitories where students can develop their hobbies or socialize with each other.
With the Dormitory Living Model, the aim is to create a model where girls can use the time they spend in the dormitories in the most beneficial way possible.
“Ensuring that girls join society as productive individuals,” which is one of the main goals of the “Daddy, Send Me to School” campaign carried out by the Aydın Doğan Foundation is the starting point of this model.
The model, which has such objectives as increasing and diversifying girls’ life knowledge, contributing to their dreams for the future, and enhancing their quality of life aims to achieve these goals by ensuring that students utilize their time in the dormitories effectively.
Application Principles of the Dormitory Living Model
As the Aydın Doğan Foundation, we have played our part in this journey first by having 5 female dormitories built, and now by working hard for our girls through the name and philosophy of BBOG by diversifying our work even further, under the roof of the Aydın Doğan Foundation.
The “Daddy, Send Me to School” (BBOG) campaign was introduced by Doğan Journalism on April 23, 2005 to ensure that every girl at each corner of Turkey can benefit from educational opportunities. The campaign was put into practice through the President of the Aydın Doğan Foundation and the Honorary President of Doğan Journalism Hanzade Doğan Boyner’s thought leadership, and has supported numerous girls in their struggle to become equipped and productive individuals to this day.
The “Daddy, Send Me to School” Campaign, whose main objective is to spread the education mobilization throughout Turkey and make sure that every girl goes to school, has been designed and applied as a three dimensional project including financial aids and activities towards developing social awareness and removing structural problems.
The “Daddy, Send Me to School” Campaign is one of Turkey’s largest social responsibility projects with more than 300,000 supporters, in light of the awards it has received and for the resources in excess of 35 million TL provided for the education of girls.
For detailed information: www.bababeniokulagonder.org
October 11th has been celebrated as the “International Day of the Girl Child” since 2012 by the decision of the member countries of the United Nations.
This decision was made through the suggestions of Turkey, Canada and Peru, and it was stated in the decision that supporting and empowering girls and investing in them was of the utmost importance in achieving “United Nations Millennium Development Goals” and ensuring that girls participate in the decisions that affect them. It was further stated that to achieve this meant that discrimination and violence against girls should be prevented and that girls would benefit from complete and effective human rights. In addition to this, it was emphasized in the decision that families and societies must play a significant role in empowering girls.
The objectives of the International Day of the Girl Child that has been celebrated since 2012 correspond to the aims and activities of the Aydın Doğan Foundation. To that end, UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women and UN Turkey collaborated in organizing a national conference for the International Day of the Girl Child on October 8th, 2015 to increase social awareness and provide a basis for advocacy activities regarding this issue.
For detailed information: www.dunyakizcocuklari.org
The Aydın Doğan Foundation is working towards the education of girls and ensuring that women have individual rights and are empowered. To that end, the Foundation supports those institutions conducting profound research regarding education and women’s issues and commissioning research in the determined areas.
Research: The Effect of Public Investment in Social Care Services on Employment, Social Gender Equality and Poverty: Turkey’s Example.
Institution: İstanbul Technical University, Centre of Research and Application for Women’s Studies in Science, Engineering and Technology
Date: August 2015
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Research: Impact Analysis for the “Daddy, Send Me to School” Project
Institution: Infakto Research Workshop
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15-20 Mayıs 2016
Aydın Doğan Vakfı'nın yaptırdığı yurtlarda ve Baba Beni Okula Gönder yurtlarında kalan 39 kız öğrenci öğretmenleriyle birlikte, Vakfın konuğu olarak İstanbul'a geldi. Başarılarıyla ön plana çıkan kız öğrencilere ödüllerini Vakıf Başkanı Hanzade Doğan Boyner ve Doğan Grubu yöneticileri verdi.
Aydın Doğan Vakfı’nın 2009 yılından beri düzenlediği ve 2014 yılından beri Baba Beni Okula Gönder yurtlarında kalan öğrencilerin de dahil olduğu “Başarı Beni İstanbul’a Götürüyor” gezisi kapsamında 39 başarılı kız öğrenci ve onlara eşlik eden öğretmenleri, 15-20 Mayıs tarihleri arasında Vakfın konuğu olarak İstanbul’da ağırlandılar.
Geziye İstanbul’un Tarihi Yarımadası’nda yaptıkları turla başlayan öğrenciler için Doğan Holding’te bir ödül töreni düzenlendi. Tören başlangıcında bir konuşma yapan Aydın Doğan, kendisinin de dört kızı olduğunu hatırlatarak, başarılı kız öğrencilerini görmekten her zaman mutluluk duyduğunu belirterek, her alanda çok güzel işler yapmalarını temenni etti.
Aydın Doğan Vakfı Başkanı Hanzade Doğan Boyner ise konuşmasında, “Bizim için sizi burada görmek büyük mutluluk kaynağı. Biz Baba Beni Okula Gönder seferberliğine başladığımızda hedefimiz Türkiye’de okula gidemeyen tek bir kız çocuğunun kalmamasıydı. Bugün bu hedefe çok yaklaştık. Ama şimdi daha büyük hedeflerimiz var; artık yapmak istediğimiz, her birinizin kendini erkeklerle eşit hissetmesi, meslek sahibi olması, kendi ayaklarının üzerinde durması. Çalışırsanız, isterseniz, biz de Aydın Doğan Vakfı olarak her engeli aşmanıza destek olacağız. Kimsenin sizi yıldırmasına izin vermeyin.” dedi.
Açılış konuşmasının ardından Muş, Van, Gümüşhane, Ağrı, Konya, Erzurum, Kahramanmaraş, Tekirdağ’dan gelen 39 başarılı kız öğrenci ve öğretmenleri ödüllerini Vakıf Başkanı Hanzade Doğan Boyner, Doğan Holding Ceo’su Soner Gedik, Aydın Doğan Vakfı Yürütme Kurulu Başkanı Candan Fetvacı ve Aydın Doğan Vakfı Yönetim Kurulu Üyesi Ahmet Toksoy’un elinden aldılar. Öğrenciler ve öğretmenlerine D&R’dan hediye çeki ve Doğan Kitap’tan kitap hediye edilirken, başarılı öğrenciler aynı zamanda hepsiburada.com’dan HP Pavillion Taşınabilir Bilgisayar sahibi oldular.
Başarılı kız öğrenciler gezi süresince İstanbul’un tarihi ve kültürel zenginliklerini keşfederek eğlenceli etkinliklere katıldılar, Forum İstanbul Sea Life Akvaryum’un misafiri oldular. Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, KAGİDER, Kanal D ve Hürriyet Gazetesi’ni ziyaret ederek kariyerlerine yön verecek rol modellerle bir araya gelen kız öğrenciler, 19 Mayıs Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı kapsamında Bahçelievler İlçesi’nin düzenlediği törene de katıldılar.
Every year, the Aydın Doğan Foundation, invites the three most successful sophomore students residing in the “Daddy, Send Me to School” dormitories to İstanbul for a week- with their teachers.
Forty-two of the most successful students staying in the 14 female dormitories built to completion by the Aydın Doğan Foundation and turned over to the Ministry of National Education, along with 14 teachers received awards at the Doğan Holding building in Üsküdar, Altunizade. Aydın Doğan, the Honorary President of Doğan Holding participated in the ceremony and beforehand, Hanzade Doğan Boyner, the President of Doğan Online chatted with the students, who individually hailed from Erzurum, Gümüşhane, Tokat, Osmaniye, Kars, Muğla, Siirt and Ağrı Doğubeyazıt, discussing their interests and presenting them with various gifts.
The managers and teachers of the 33 female student dormitories opened up within the scope of the “Daddy, Send Me to School” campaign received 1-week training in November 17-21, 2014 in İstanbul.
One of the aims of the Aydın Doğan Foundation is to award education scholarships to university students who are dedicated to the principles of Turkey' founding father Ataturk, and who feel connected to their nation, are strong in character, trustworthy, and who are successful, but in need of financial support.
The Foundation aim to initiate a scholarship programme in order to contribute to the education of students who are successful, but in financial need, starting from the 2015-2016 academic year.
The Aydın Doğan Foundation’s Scholarship Application Criteria
Scholarship Applications will be made through the scholarship coordinators/committees of the relevant universities for the School of Engineering and Law School and through school administrations for students who resided at Daddy, Send Me to School dormitories.
Applications outside these criteria will not be taken into consideration. Applications will be evaluated by the Aydın Doğan Foundation Scholarship Committee and those candidates considered suitable will be called for interviews.
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