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Latest items for LR-DATA-1

April 17, 2018, 4:59 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, LR-DATA-1

"Twenty-three percent of women and 17% of men are illiterate" (page 51).
April 17, 2018, 4:54 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"In Tanzania, about 8 in 10 respondents are literate (77% of women and 83% of men). About 9 in 10 urban dwellers are literate (89% of women and 94% of men), a higher percentage than rural dwellers (70% of women and 78% of rural men are literate) (Tables 3.3.1 and 3.3.2). Trends: Literacy among women has increased over the last decade, from 67% in 2004-05 to 72% in 2010, and to 77% in 2015-16. Literacy among men has been higher than among women throughout the decade, and increased from 80% in 2004-05 to 83% in 2015-16. Among respondents of school age (15-24), the percentages who are literate are the same...more
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Gender-related disparities also characterize non-formal basic education. The literacy rate, 62.9 per cent in urban and 19.2 per cent in rural areas in 2007, is 36.7 per cent among men and 21 per cent among women" (25).
April 10, 2018, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The Committee notes with appreciation the high literacy rate among women and the high rates of girls’ enrolment in primary and secondary education" (Pg 8).
April 7, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The percentage of girls in universities is increasing year by year. In 2006, girls formed 20% which reached to 22% in 2007 and 24.8% in 2009. Only 26% of all Afghans, and only 12% of Afghan women, are literate. The majority of girls don't stay on after fifth grade and nine out of ten 15 year old girls are illiterate" (Pg 6-7).
March 17, 2018, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has strengthened literacy programmes, declaring some 22 municipalities free of illiteracy. The national literacy programme encourages citizen involvement and volunteerism with the establishment of literacy circles. Between 2009 and 2013, 172,479 women have been taught to read and write; of these 120,125 have reached the first level of literacy, which means 68 per cent of the total population served; and 52,354 women have reached the second and third levels of literacy (sixth grade), which represents 67 per cent of total population served at these levels. Of total number of women reaching literacy, 75 per cent live in rural areas and 25 per cent in urban...more
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The Committee remains concerned, however, about: . . . (e) The disproportionately high illiteracy rate of women, in particular among rural women. The Committee recommends that the State party: . . . (f) Conduct literacy campaigns for women, in particular in rural areas" (page 9-10).
March 14, 2018, 3:42 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The Committee is concerned, however, about: (a) The high rate of illiteracy among women" (11).
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"At the end of 1436 A.H. (2015), the illiteracy rate was 5.31 per cent compared to 60 per cent 25 years ago and illiteracy among women had been reduced to 8.27 per cent. In 1972, only five schools existed for the eradication of illiteracy among women. By 2013, 1,400 female students were enrolled in 47 literacy classes. In 2013, 1,438 women were enrolled in 304 literacy classes. More than 1,288,000 females have benefited from the illiteracy eradication centres over the past 43 years" (37).
March 7, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The Educational Reform (2013) anticipates increasing attention to youth and adults without completed basic education, through the National Campaign of Literacy and Reduction of Educational Backwardness, operated by the National Institute for Adult Education (INEA) in collaboration with state governments; in this way, there was a four times increase in the coverage of women being attended to at the beginning level (illiterate) in rural and urban zones, from 2012 to 2015, growing from 56,673 to 225,163 women in rural zones and 82,352 to 315,688 in urban zones" (page 20). "Between 2013 and 2016, the INEA saw more than 529,000 women and 189,000 men become literate, and more than 1.8 million...more
March 7, 2018, 6:52 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The Literacy rate (as at 2012-latest records) recorded an average of 95.6 per cent with male literacy being 96.8 per cent and female literacy at 94.6 per cent" (5).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Literacy and continuing education programmes are designed to offer young people and adults who have quit school or never attended the chance to acquire a minimum of knowledge that will help them in everyday life. The programmes are offered in literacy and continuing education centres, vocational schools, and various ad hoc training and coaching facilities funded by the State, local authorities and the TFPs" (pg 16). "Successive literacy campaigns between 2000–2001 and 2003–2004 recorded a steady increase averaging 22 per cent a year in the number of learners. The effort did slow somewhat in 2004–2005, so fewer centres were in operation in 2004–2005 than in 2003–2004. The upward trend resumed...more
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)