More girls now going to school in Turkey

In the 2016/17 school year, there were only 5.7 percent fewer girls than boys attending high schools in Turkey, a sign of great progress in a social issue that has been long on the agenda.

Gender Ratio

According to statistics from the National Education Ministry, while only two-thirds as many girls as boys went to high school in 1994, today the numbers are almost equal – and there are now actually more girls than boys attending middle schools.

The issue of girls not being sent by their families to school for cultural reasons, especially in rural areas, was highlighted in a well-known charity campaign called “Daddy Send Me to School” from the mid-2000s onwards.

Other factors that may have had an effect on numbers include continued migration to the cities and more positive perceptions of educated women in Turkey’s television soap operas.