Women and Literacy

Development agencies have found two predictable indicators for longevity among women in developing countries: accessible clean water and literacy skills. Another well-known fact is that in some societies, discrimination exists in educational opportunities based on a gender bias.

The consequences become evident in the numbers. For example, in one African country alone the literacy rate among men is 26% while among women it is 11%. Other statistics further highlight that evidence: of the 1 billion illiterates in the world, two thirds of them are women!

Another consequence of illiteracy is the pressure put upon the population dynamics because of family size. Literate women average 2 children per family while illiterate women give birth to 6–8 children.

Literacy then, especially in a language a woman understands, ought to make a difference in her life and consequently in the life of her family.

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