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Latest items for LR-DATA-1

Sept. 21, 2020, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Only 37 percent of adolescent girls are literate, compared to 66 percent of adolescent boys" (3).
Aug. 5, 2020, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Illiteracy is a major problem in Haiti. According to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), approximately one-half of all Haitians age 15 and older are illiterate" (para 9).
July 19, 2020, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Eighty-nine percent of men are literate, as compared with 69% of women" (44).
July 3, 2020, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Literacy follows a similar pattern, with only 66% of women being literate, as compared with 82% of men" (34).
June 23, 2020, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Roma women are the least educated group of women and have the highest illiteracy rate — about 80 per cent of them are formally illiterate or hold no qualifications" (29).
June 22, 2020, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LR-DATA-1

" Informants explained that while almost all adult women in the community were illiterate, residents are increasingly sending their daughters to school" (pg 26).
June 5, 2020, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Two-thirds of women and 80% of men age 15-49 are literate, meaning that they can at least read a simple sentence. Literacy levels are higher among younger respondents as well as urban respondents. They also increase with wealth quintiles (Tables 3.3.1 and 3.3.2)" (36).
May 31, 2020, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Eighty-six percent of men and 68 percent of women are literate" (54).
May 21, 2020, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"CONALFA reported that, between 2010 and 2014, 24 municipalities were declared to be free from illiteracy in the internationally accepted sense of reaching a level at which less than 4 per cent of the population is illiterate (given that there are always segments of the population that, due to age, health or disability cannot take part in the educational process. (...) For the country as a whole, the literacy rate has increased to 85.54 per cent. Nationwide, the illiteracy rate stands at 14.46 per cent. For various institutional reasons, in recent years more emphasis has been placed on expanding literacy in the Spanish language)" (27). "Thanks to the programmes promoted...more
May 15, 2020, 7:15 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Women and men in the lowest wealth quintile (11% and 29%, respectively) are less likely than other women and men to be literate" (45).
April 20, 2020, 4:09 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Tunisia’s women have a long struggle ahead of them. According to a recent study by the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD), 40% of women in rural areas are illiterate, while 60% suffer from health problems, 93% of which are work-related. Just 10% had access to free healthcare" (para. 6).
April 19, 2020, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Seventy percent of men are literate, as compared with 50% of women" (34).
April 14, 2020, 5:17 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"Almost all women age 15-49 (96%) and currently married men are literate" (25). "Almost all women and men (96% each) are literate" (26). Figure 3.4, titled "Literacy by age" shows the literacy rates for women age 15-49 and currently married men age 15-54. For ages 15-24, 99 percent of women are literate compared with 98 percent of men; these figures are 98 percent each for the 25-29 age group; 97 percent for women and 98 percent for men in the 30-34 age group; 96 percent for women and 98 percent for men in the 35-39 age group; 94 percent for women and 96 percent for men in the 40-44 age...more
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).