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Latest items for LR-DATA-1

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

"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

"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

"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).
March 1, 2019, 11:52 p.m.
Countries: Qatar, Qatar
Variables: ERBG-DATA-5, LR-DATA-1

"The report shows a rise in the adult literacy rate for both sexes, from 96.7 per cent in the 2015 report to 97.8 per cent in the 2016 report" (8).
March 1, 2019, 9:06 a.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Ninety-five percent of women are literate" (29).
Feb. 21, 2019, 8:18 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LR-DATA-1

""The problem is that 30% of women are illiterate in Egypt today," she explains." (para 35).
Feb. 3, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The Committee commends the State party on its achievements on education (a female adult literacy rate of 97.71 per cent and a female youth literacy rate of 99.43 per cent)" (8).
Feb. 1, 2019, 2:36 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Four in 10 (42%) women and 69% of men age 15-49 are literate" (33).
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:32 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"It is equally concerned that illiteracy rates and secondary school dropout rates for girls in rural and remote areas and in indigenous communities and communities of African descent remain disproportionately high compared with the rest of the population, often owing to poverty, early pregnancy, early marriage and child labour" (11).
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The Committee welcomes the high level of literacy and education in the State party" (pg. 12).
Jan. 5, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The literacy rate in the 25-49 age group is 69 per cent for women and 77 per cent for men. However, this rate varies greatly from region to region. For example, the rate corresponds to 55 per cent women / 70 per cent men in the southern region but 76 per cent women / 79 per cent men in the central region. It is worth noticing that literacy rates are higher among younger age groups and the index of equality between girls and boys in primary and secondary education levels is almost the same.16 In the year 2011-2012 the Lao Social Indicator Survey tested literacy rates by giving short and...more
Dec. 21, 2018, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: LR-DATA-1

Table 10 shows literacy and illiteracy rates disaggregated by sex and area in persons 15 years or older. For men in urban areas, the 97.4% know how to read and write, 0.9% only know how to read, 0.1% only know how to write and 1.6% does not know how to do either. For women in urban areas 96.9% know how to read and write, 1.1% only know how to read, 0.1% only know how to write and 1.8% does not know how to do either. For men in rural areas, the 89.9% know how to read and write, 2.1% only know how to read, 0.5% only know how to write...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LR-DATA-1

Table: Drop-out rate and literacy rate in WLB surveyed ethnic areas indicates that the overall literacy rate in Karenni/Kayah State is 40%, 18% in Rakhaing State, 23% in Sagaing Region, 25% in Shan State, and 27% in Tanintharyi Region (page 38).
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"It is also concerned about the disparities in illiteracy rates between women living in urban areas (5.3%) and women living in rural areas (18.2%)" (8).
Oct. 22, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"According to 2012 UN statistics, the female youth literacy rate was 98.5 percent, and the adult female literacy rate was 90.3 percent of the men’s" (para 160)
Oct. 19, 2018, 10:12 p.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: LR-DATA-1

Table on page xix, 'Indicators for following-up with the millennium development goals disaggregated by gender,' indicates that literacy rates for ages 15-24 are, overall, 77.8% for women and 86.9% for men, for a national average of 80.2%. In Moroni, the capital, literacy rates are 87.3% for women and 91.3% for men; in other cities, 90.3% for women and 89.8% for men; in all urban areas, 89.4% for women and 91.2% for men; in rural areas, 72.4% for women and 84.1% for men (page xix) (translated from original French by ARR). "The data in these tables [3.3.1 and 3.3.2] indicate that 63% of women and 77% of men age 15-49 are...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"A significant portion of the population, estimated as high as 50 percent, was functionally illiterate" (12).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Illiteracy among citizen women largely was eliminated" (18).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1, LR-DATA-1

"Citizenship is derived either by birth within the country’s territory or from one’s parents" (19).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"The literacy rate for women was approximately 57 percent versus 75 percent for men, according to the 2011 census" (32).