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Women's Challenge Issues—Illiteracy

International Literacy Day—8 September 2008

Each year on International Literacy Day, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.

Despite many and varied efforts, literacy remains an elusive target: some 774 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; 72.1 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.

—Source: http://portal.unesco.org/education/

Some of the benefits to women from a literacy program include:

  • lower birthrates (smaller families)
  • the children have improved educational abilities
  • decrease in maternal mortality
  • later marriages
  • overall improvement in family health
  • a greater sense of personal self-worth
  • an ability to read Scripture
  • an ability to become involved in the church’s mission
  • a greater possibility of becoming financially stable
  • increased employment choices and productivity

—Source: "If They Can’t Read" WM Brochure

Prayer Corner

  • For our sisters in Zimbabwe, China, and Myanmar
  • Evangelism and outreach through the Abuse Prevention Program
  • For our sisters who are living in conflict areas


  • August 28—Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day: Abuse of Power
  • September 8—United Nations International Literacy Day
  • September 21—International Day of Peace


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