GunayAksoy’s story is truly inspirational. Read on to learn how she reaches out across continents to make a difference.
“…You are a 12 year old girl. You have heard you can’t do many things because “you are a girl.” You try to follow this guidance, but it doesn’t make sense to you. Given that you have very good grades, your teachers suggest that you would benefit from a summer English Education program in the U.S. Your family and relatives havealready decided that it’s not safe or a good idea for a girl this young to go on this summer program so your brother attends it instead. You are faced with your first real case of gender inequality and this changes your outlook on everything going forward.I am that girl! All my life, I have worked very hard. had very successful academic life followed by a thriving career in finance. Late last year, I had an epiphany. I unerstood that I was trying to prove to society that as a woman I was just as capable. Then, my new journey started. Educ∞ English Education Program came out of this awakening. I want to share my message that we are all equal with different strengths and weaknesses, but we are all human. Unlike anything else I have done, I find endless energy and strength everyday to keep going.
Turkish Philanthropy Funds enabled me to turn my dream of bringing 5 young women in college with economic difficulties from Turkey to NY for a month of English education. TPF made this program possible by sharing their platform and services and made a tremendous impact on the direction of this cause. I am thankful to all the members of this organization for their support. We are working closely with Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi (CYDD) and they are assisting with selecting the candidates and planning in Turkey. The program will expand these girls’ horizons and help them believe that they can dream big and not be stopped due to their gender, background, and economic status. If you also believe in addressing gender equality in education, please join me in my efforts!…”
Gunay’s story is our community’s story and it can be your story, too. If you have an idea that you’ve been sitting on, come and join forces with TPF, and let us help you turn your dreams into reality.