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Latest items for LR-DATA-1

Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"In 1997, the overall illiteracy rate among individuals 15 years of age and older was 13.9 per cent (7.8 per cent of men and 20.3 percent of women). Figures issued by the Central Bureau for 2014 indicate that the illiteracy rate in Palestine was among lowest in the world. The overall illiteracy rate in Palestine declined among individuals 15 years of age and older to 3.6 per cent (or 97,921 individuals). However, these figures show that there is still a significant discrepancy between males and females, as the illiteracy rate among males was 1.6 per cent (or 22,161 individuals), while the rate among females was 5.6 per cent (or 75,760 ...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 10:32 a.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"two-thirds of women can't read" (para 8).
Jan. 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The Committee is further concerned about […] the disproportionately low completion rates at the secondary level among girls in rural areas and the resulting low literacy rates among rural women (21%)," (8).
Jan. 23, 2018, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The Committee commends the State party on the high literacy rate of 98 per cent for women and men above 15 years of age and takes note of the measures in the framework of the Progresar and the Conectar Igualdad programmes" (10).
Jan. 8, 2018, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"About 9 in 10 women (88%) and men (91%) age 15-49 can read" (27).
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The office developed program plans with the 11 regional offices, including those within the indigenous reservations, and as of September held two workshops in each region with 6,000 participants. The Panamanian Observatory Against Gender-Based Violence, run by the Ombudsman’s Office, translated a 67-page booklet on women’s rights into the Ngabe and Guna languages and distributed it on both reservations, as well as printing the booklet in braille. The observatory also joined private media conglomerate MEDCOM in a campaign to create awareness of domestic violence"(16)
Dec. 14, 2017, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LR-DATA-1

“Due to the high rate of illiteracy, old and detested traditions still dominate and serve to distract government attention. The state is busy solving these individual issues rather than working on the wider problems people face" (para 6).
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:35 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: CWC-DATA-2, LR-DATA-1

"While literacy remains an insurmountable challenge, with few improvements recorded since devolution to the provinces, female illiteracy in rural areas has a further impact on the low status of women — making them even more vulnerable to exploitation and violence" (para 6).
Dec. 5, 2017, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"In Nepal, the Hills Leasehold Forestry and Forest Development Project, now completed, took an innovative approach to ensure women’s participation. User rights to forest land were leased to landless men and women. Households allocated land were responsible for rehabilitating the land and entitled to forest produce for 40 years. Recruitment of women group promoters was given special emphasis to mobilize women’s groups for participation in leasehold groups. Training on gender, leadership, basic literacy, and legal rights were provided to women, boosting their participation in the programs (World Bank 2009, p. 160)"(27)
Nov. 30, 2017, 6:12 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Poverty, poor health and illiteracy make almost 50pc of the country’s population who are not full participants in the realm of socio-economic development...While literacy remains an insurmountable challenge, with few improvements recorded since devolution to the provinces, female illiteracy in rural areas has a further impact on the low status of women — making them even more vulnerable to exploitation and violence" (para 5).
Nov. 30, 2017, 1:22 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: CWC-DATA-2, LBHO-PRACTICE-3, SEGI-PRACTICE-1, LR-DATA-1, AFE-PRACTICE-1, AFE-DATA-1

"Where discriminatory social norms exist, they can be displaced only by the requirements of equal treatment imposed under legislation providing women be fully informed about their rights and of the advantages of asserting them. Yet, the illiteracy of many poor rural women, their almost complete lack of legal literacy, and language barriers make achievement of these goals difficult"(25-26)
Nov. 30, 2017, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The Pakistan province of Punjab, the largest and wealthiest province of the country, introduced a female school stipend program in 2004. This was part of a broader program inaugurated in 2003, the Punjab Education Sector Reform Program (PESRP)...The female stipend component was launched in 15 of the 34 provincial districts, chosen on the basis of their low literacy rate(Chaudhury and Parajuli 2006)"(52)
Nov. 29, 2017, 4:11 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: DLB-DATA-1, ATFPA-PRACTICE-2, LR-DATA-1, AFE-PRACTICE-1, AFE-DATA-1

"Tamil women on tea plantations in Sri Lanka, who are the majority of tea pickers, evidence high rates of illiteracy and lack of numeracy skills. Customarily, the husband or a male kin collects their daily payment at weighing time, with little of it accessed by the woman worker (Nandini Gunewardena, personal communication"(46)
Nov. 29, 2017, 10:09 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"In Bangladesh, the Female Secondary School Assistance Project (FSSAP) was launched in 1993 with the support of the International Development Association (IDA), ADB, and the governments of Bangladesh and Norway in order to overcome these obstacles [such as girls substituting for their mothers in performing house work]. The second phase commenced in 2002, covering one-quarter of rural Bangladesh and now benefiting almost 1 million girls across the country in more than 6,000 schools (Ambler et al. 2007). FSSAP provides a stipend to girls who agree to delay marriage until they complete secondary education, at a total cost to the program of about $121 per year per girl. The results have ...more
Nov. 7, 2017, 4:20 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Unemployment among literate women reached 84% [in 2013], a figure that does not reflect Palestinian women’s ambition and their desire to join the job market"(para 5). This statement was made by Iman Assaf, National Committee for Women's Employment coordinator and head of the Gender Unit at the Ministery of Labor in Ramallah (ENB-Coder Comment)."The guideline [Guideline for Women's Employment Rights] was issued in two versions. The first is a simplified version in which the rights and duties of employed women are stated in a graphic and colorful way to promote them among women who do not have a high educational level"(para 8)
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Most widows in Nepal are illiterate and two thirds are under 35, compounding the risks of abuse, activists say"(para 21). The article states that Nepal has around half a million widows (ENB-Coder Comment)
Sept. 1, 2017, 1:17 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"More than 70 percent of Moroccan women in country areas cannot read or write and the figures are much higher for Amazigh women" (para 12).
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: LR-DATA-1

The illiteracy rate among the population 15 years and older in 2005 was 2.7 percent, of which women made up 2.8 percent. (HDI: P1)
Aug. 14, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LR-DATA-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"Gradually, Afghani got involved with an Afghan women’s rights group in Peshawar. And over time, she formed her own organization, later named the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization (NECDO). She decided to take an Islamic approach, which made it possible for her to teach literacy classes for women in refugee camps. 'It was not easy to enter into those communities,' she explains. 'But when we used Islamic education as an entry point, we had a very good experience'"(para 10)
Aug. 14, 2017, 1:41 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Gradually, [Jamila] Afghani got involved with an Afghan women’s rights group in Peshawar. And over time, she formed her own organization, later named the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization (NECDO). She decided to take an Islamic approach, which made it possible for her to teach literacy classes for women in refugee camps. 'It was not easy to enter into those communities,' she explains. 'But when we used Islamic education as an entry point, we had a very good experience.'After 2001, when the Taliban were ousted from power in Afghanistan, scores of refugees started returning to the country, Afghani among them. She began setting up women’s centers where literacy was ...more
Aug. 10, 2017, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: LR-DATA-1

According to data collected between 2003 and 2008 presented in a graph on page six, the literacy rate for women in Uganda is 86 percent (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 10, 2017, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LR-DATA-1

According to data collected between 2003 and 2008 presented in a graph on page six, the literacy rate for women in South Africa is 98 percent (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 10, 2017, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LR-DATA-1

According to data collected between 2003 and 2008 presented in a graph on page six, the literacy rate for women in Namibia is 95 percent (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 10, 2017, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: LR-DATA-1

According to data collected between 2003 and 2008 presented in a graph on page six, the literacy rate for women in Ghana is 78 percent (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 10, 2017, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LR-DATA-1

According to data collected between 2003 and 2008 presented in a graph on page six, the literacy rate for women in Kenya is 93 percent (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 10, 2017, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LR-DATA-1

According to data collected between 2003 and 2008 presented in a graph on page six, the literacy rate for women in Sri Lanka is 99 percent (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 10, 2017, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: LR-DATA-1

According to data collected between 2003 and 2008 presented in a graph on page six, the literacy rate for women in Niger aged 15-24 is 23 percent (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 10, 2017, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: LR-DATA-1

According to data collected between 2003 and 2008 presented in a graph on page six, the literacy rate for women in Rwanda is 77 percent (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 10, 2017, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LR-DATA-1

According to data collected between 2003 and 2008 presented in a graph on page six, the literacy rate for women in Sierra Leone is 46 percent (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 10, 2017, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: LR-DATA-1

According to data collected between 2003 and 2008 presented in a graph on page six, the literacy rate for women in Zambia is 68 percent (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).