Literacy and Women's Empowerment: Stories of Success and Inspiration (2014)

This paper explores how literacy learning can support women’s empowerment and the development of greater equality, benefitting not only individual women, but families, communities and economies too. It describes and reflects upon some of the most promising approaches to developing literacy and learning for women, who form the majority of the world’s illiterate adults. Key success factors are identified to inform recommendations for others seeking to support the empowerment of women.

The document looks at literacy as a human right and as a component in addressing equity. It gives some stories of imagination, success and possibility, such as The Raising her Voice Programme in Nepal, run on Reflect methodology and the theories of Paulo Freire.

There is a series of recommended actions, of which: Facilitators and teachers must plan learning activities that create routes towards empowerment and change; they must plan incremental strategies and activities that eliminate or reduce the identified attitudinal and cultural barriers which women face and lead to different power relationships. Also important is to develop shared learning opportunities for women and men to encourage joint understanding and solutions.

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2014-04-25
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Janine Eldred. Literacy and Women's Empowerment: Stories of Success and Inspiration 2014. Web. 13 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/unesco/literacy_women_empowerment/literacy_women_empowerment.pdf>
Janine Eldred (2014). Literacy and Women's Empowerment: Stories of Success and Inspiration. Retrieved August 13, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/unesco/literacy_women_empowerment/literacy_women_empowerment.pdf
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