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April 3, 2020, 9:50 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: LR-DATA-1

Table 19 shows the comparative literacy rate between Male and Female in 2008 and 2013. In 2008 the total literacy rate for people over 7 years of age was 78.4 and in 2013 it was 79.8. Disaggregated by gender, female literacy rate in 2008 was 73.1 and in 2013 was 74.8, while for males in 2008 was 84.0 and in 2013 was 85.1. In urban and rural areas there were also differences. In urban areas in total it was it was 90.2 and and 90.1 in 2013. In rural areas in total in 2008 it was 75.3 and in 2013 it was 76.9. Disaggregated by gender, female literacy rate in...more
March 29, 2020, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Ninety-nine percent of women and 96% of men age 15-49 are literate" (33). Table 3.3.1, titled "Literacy: Women" shows the percentages of women aged 15-49 who are literate. The figures are 99.7 percent for women ages 15-24, 99.7 for women ages 25-29, 99.6 for women ages 30-34, 98.6 for women ages 35-39, 96.5 for women ages 40-44, and 97.2 for women ages 45-49 (42).
Feb. 15, 2020, 9:16 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"In basic education, schooling rates for girls and boys are equivalent. In most secondary schools, girls actually do better than boys. Over the past decades, in fact, there has been a marked tendency of Italian women continuing their studies, especially at higher levels." (para 93).
Feb. 8, 2020, 7:27 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LR-DATA-1

The South Africa DHS 2016 details differences in literacy rates among women. 96.3% of women were literate, compared with 93.6% of men. The literacy rates among urban versus non-urban women differed, with urban women having a literacy rate of 97.2% and non-urban women having a rate of 94.5%. Female literacy rates varied little across the provinces, with the lowest rate in North West at 93.8% and the highest rate in Western Cape at 99.1%. Female literacy rates also increased with wealth; the literacy rate for the lowest quintile was 91.0% and 98.2% for the highest quintile.
Feb. 5, 2020, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: LR-DATA-1

" 75% percent of women and 82% of men age 15-49 are literate" (pg 29).
Feb. 5, 2020, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The female literacy rate has improved, thanks to the national policy for the establishment of literacy centres throughout the country, including in rural areas. Everywhere, these centres are very well attended by men and women" (17). "In 2013, the literacy rate for men was 90 per cent and for women, 77 per cent, compared to 2005, when the literacy rate was 89 per cent for men and 73 per cent for women. Note that there has been a reduction in the gap between the literacy rates for men and for women from 16 per cent to 13 per cent, or 3 per cent" (28). "In respect of literacy, the proportion...more
Jan. 30, 2020, 1:05 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The estimated 55 percent female literacy rate, compared with 85 percent for men, accentuated this discrimination" (30).
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:28 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The state has set up special funds to reduce the number of illiterate women. In 2013, the illiteracy rate for females at and over the age of 15 was 6.7 percent, 17.4 percentage points lower than in 1995; and the population of illiterate women fell by more than 70 million as compared with 1995" (para. 19).
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:22 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"UNICEF, the United Nations children's agency, says only half of school-aged Afghan girls now go to school, and that only one out of five girls under 15 are literate" (para. 23).
Aug. 21, 2019, 10:15 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Literacy is nearly universal with 94 percent of women and men able to read (Tables 3.3.1 and 3.3.2)" (36).
July 23, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Overall, 15% of women and 49% of men are literate (Table 3.3.1 and Table 3.3.2)" (32).
July 19, 2019, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Resulting in a very low literacy rate (11 per cent) among women in the State party" (10).
July 19, 2019, 12:22 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The literacy rate for women was approximately 57 percent, compared to 75 percent for men, according to the 2011 census" (Pg 29).
July 17, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: LR-DATA-1, AFE-DATA-1

"The Committee commends the State party for the progress made in the education of girls and women, as reflected in their high levels of literacy and educational attainment" (7).
July 8, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Nearly 7 in 10 women (68%) and 8 in 10 men (79%) are literate" (45).
June 28, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"High illiteracy rates also impeded women’s ability to understand and defend their rights" (Pg 36).
June 25, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Persistent disparities in literacy rates for women and men and the significant level of illiteracy among indigenous women and rural women" (9).
June 11, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"In the Romani, Ashkali, and Balkan Egyptian communities, traditional values, societal prejudice, and a tendency to leave school prematurely limited educational opportunities for women. Due to poor education and harsh living conditions, Romani women seldom visited gynecologists or obstetricians, with negative consequences for their health and for infant mortality rates. According to Romani NGOs, one-half of Romani women between the ages of 15 and 24 were illiterate. Romani women often noted that they faced double discrimination based on their gender and ethnicity" (Pg 26).
June 10, 2019, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, LR-DATA-1

"Seventy-two percent of women and 83% of men are literate" (31).
June 10, 2019, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The developments in the education sector are visible. INE population data shows that there has been an increase in literacy rate in 2013 to 70% for men (66% in 2007) and 40% for women (36% in 2007) and a significant schooling increment of girls" (17).
June 7, 2019, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Literacy rates continue to evolve positively in Cabo Verde (paragraph 41, CCD) and the gap between women and men continues to reduce, reflecting investments made. Illiteracy stills affects women more, especially older rural and urban women, but only 2.8 per cent of rural women in the age group 25–34 are illiterate" (18). Specific data is not provided (CCS-CODER COMMENT). "According to the 2010 Census, the illiteracy rate is high (46.4 per cent) among the adult population identified as disabled, especially among women: over half cannot read/write (53.6 per cent versus 40 per cent of men)" (21).
June 7, 2019, 11:46 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Women activists highlighted to UNAMA that Afghan women generally lack an awareness of their rights in the justice system, a contributing factor being women’s high rate of illiteracy – which is on average 83 per cent – making it likely that most survivors of violence against women would not be educated.116 Women’s high rates of illiteracy, in conjunction with their confinement to the home/village, means that a large proportion of Afghan women do not have direct access to legal information or societal networks that would help them understand the justice system and applicable laws and procedures" (Pg 32).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, LR-DATA-1

"Girls did not have the same educational opportunities as boys and the literacy rate for women was approximately 18 percent, compared with 50 percent for men" (p. 15).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, LR-DATA-1

"The estimated 55-percent female literacy rate, compared with 85.1 percent for men, accentuated this discrimination" (38).
May 1, 2019, 10:54 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Literacy is practically universal in Albania: 99% of men and women age 15-49 can read, and this proportion is high regardless of the background characteristics or gender of the respondent. The only exception is among people without schooling or with only a primary 4-year education: 55% of women and 69% of men in this category are considered literate (Table 3.3.1 and Table 3.3.2)" (28).
April 30, 2019, 5:57 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Radio is a powerful medium in Afghanistan, where the literacy rate is less than 40 percent and much of the population lives in remote communities." (para. 7). "In northern Afghanistan, where just 15 percent of women can read and write, radio is a rare portal to the outside world." (para 8).
April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"According to the 2013 Census, 2.82 per cent of the population is illiterate, of which 4.76 per cent are women over 10 years of age. Out of the total number of illiterate people in the age group 60-70, 15.03 per cent are women, and in the category over 70 years 49.1 per cent are women" (26).
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Cultural and traditional gender bias and lower levels of literacy, education, and economic empowerment prevented women from participating in the political process to the same extent as men" (para 72). "Nevertheless, women had significantly lower levels of literacy, education, and formal and nontraditional employment opportunities, as well as lower rates of access to resources for farming" (para 92).
March 11, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The coefficient of access to education for women (0.980) is higher than for men (0.952); the overall average is 0.967 — making it possible to assess the literacy rate of population aged 15 years and older, as well as the extent of educational enrolment of the population" (25).
March 6, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Due to high levels of illiteracy, most citizens preferred television and radio to print media" (16). "Internet usage remained relatively low due to high prices, a lack of local content, and illiteracy" (19).