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Narrowing the Gender Gap Empowering Women through Literacy Programmes

Narrowing the Gender Gap – Empowering Women through Literacy Programmes

Narrowing the Gender Gap Empowering Women through Literacy Programmes

Case studies from the UNESCO Effective Literacy and Numeracy Practices Database (LitBase)

Published in 2015 by UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning Feldbrunnenstraße 58 20148 Hamburg Germany © UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, 2015 While the programmes of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) are established along the lines laid down by the General Conference of UNESCO, the publications of the Institute are issued under its sole responsibility. UNESCO is not responsible for their contents. The points of view, selection of facts and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily coincide with official positions of UNESCO or the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. The designations employed and the presentation of material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNESCO or the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning concerning the legal status of any country or territory, or its authorities, or concerning the delimitations of the frontiers of any country or territory. We would like to thank the following people for their support in developing case studies during their internships at UIL: Medaldo Runhare, Anne Darmer, Leila Brown-Assadi, Moussa Gadio, Kwaku Gyening Owusu, Sarah Marshall, Mihika Shah-Wundenberg, Mariana Simoes, Angelina Robitschko, Mariana Simoes, Ayda Hagh Talab, Thomas James Day, Mika Hama, Seara Moon, Stephanie M. Harvey, Michelle Viljoen, Laura Fox, Justin P. Jimenez, Rouven Adomat, Shao Lingwei, Ruth Zannis, and Julian Kosh Edited by Ulrike Hanemann with support from Cassandra Scarpino Graphic design by Jan Kairies ISBN 978-92-820-1186-7

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Table of Contents Foreword page 7 Introduction page 9

Africa Ethiopia Integrated Women’s Empowerment Programme (IWEP) page 15

Liberia Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls Project page 20

Mozambique Women’s Literacy in Angola and Mozambique page 23


Morocco Means of Socio-economic Empowerment and Integration for Women page 54

Palestine The Early Childhood, Family and Community Education Programme page 57

Yemen Literacy Through Poetry (LTP) page 61

Asia and the Pacific

Literacy in Local Language, a Springboard for Gender Equality page 28




Mother and Child Education Programme (MCEP) page 38

Sahajani Shiksha Kendra: Literacy and Education for Women’s Empowerment page 69



The Tostan Community Empowerment Programme page 44

Saakshar Bharat Mission page 72

Khabar Lahariya (News Waves) page 65


Arab States Algeria Literacy, Training and Employment for Women page 50

Gender Justice Education for Marginalised Women page 75

Pakistan Adult Female Functional Literacy Programme page 77

Pakistan Mobile-Based Post Literacy Programme page 80

Philippines Supporting Maternal and Child Health Improvement and Building Literate Environment (SMILE) page 83

Republic of Korea Mothers’ School page 87

Latin America and the Caribbean Bolivia Bilingual Literacy and Reproductive Health page 91