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Narrowing the Gender Gap: Empowering Women through Literacy Programmes

  • January 2016

‘By equipping young and adult women with literacy, numeracy and basic skills and by providing them with quality learning opportunities, we can support their empowerment and that of families, communities and societies,’ says Arne Carlsen, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL).

UIL has published a second edition of a collection of case studies of promising literacy programmes that seek to empower women. Narrowing the Gender Gap: Empowering Women through Literacy Programmes (originally published in 2013 as Literacy Programmes with a Focus on Women to Reduce Gender Disparities) responds to the continued interest of stakeholders in Member States in borrowing from examples of literacy practices that enhance gender equality.

The examples of effective literacy and numeracy practices featured in this compilation showcase how gender mainstreaming in adult learning has been successfully applied in different contexts and countries across all world regions. The case studies included in this publication share unique experiences and lessons on how to reduce gender disparities in and through adult literacy and basic education. The case studies are drawn from eighteen countries and are also available on the UNESCO Effective Literacy and Numeracy Practices Database (LitBase).

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Narrowing the Gender Gap: Empowering Women through Literacy Programmes (PDF, 5 MB).

  • Author/Editor: Ulrike Hanemann; Cassandra Scarpino
  • Narrowing the Gender Gap: Empowering Women through Literacy Programmes
  • UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, 2016
  • ISBN
    978-92-820-1186-7
  • Available in: English