There is a wonderful infographic summarizing the status of education around the world for women. It was published by UNWomen at the beginning of this month. It is shown below, and you can find it at this URL:
Here are some key points made in the infographic:
Adult literacy rates are 89% for men and 80% for women across the world. In developed countries the literacy rates are 99% for both sexes, while in developing countries, men’s rates are higher at 86% vs. 75% for women.
In the least developed, poorest countries, the gap is greater, with 2/3 of males literate, but just 1/2 of the female population.
Primary education has improved significantly over the past 25 years, with 90% of children of both genders having access to primary school. However only 23% of poor, rural girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete primary education, so challenges remain. At the lower secondary school level, 44% of countries do not yet have gender parity in access to education.
Why does education for girls matter? One reason is because it improves children’s health and decreases deaths during childbirth. It reduces violence experienced by women. And it contributes to the education of the next generation. If a mother has a higher level of education, then so do her children, statistically speaking.
Some of the barriers that girls face are poverty, distance to the nearest school, customs that promote education for boys to a greater extent than for girls, and child marriage. Find out more about these issues at beijing20.unwomen.org
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