WOMENAID INTERNATIONAL

COMPELLING REASONS FOR 

MAKING WOMEN LITERATE

Literacy enables women to:

  • help to improve their family's health and diet,

  • increase their production and earnings, hence raise their children's and family's standard of living,

  • gain access to learning appropriate technologies, to the management of co-operatives and to the use of loan facilities

  • improve their own social and cultural status,

  • discharge their responsibilities more effectively, particularly the growing number of women who now become heads of families.

If women and girls are to participate in literacy programmes it will be necessary to:

  • combat social and cultural prejudice with regard to the education of women,

  • explain the importance of educating women, both to women themselves and to the community as a whole, and gain the community support for it,

  • give women the free time required,

  • give them less hard working conditions,

Appropriate functional literacy programmes, provide women with training that will help them to increase their incomes and meet their basic needs, and enable them to participate actively and fully in the cultural life of the community.

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