Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Girls’ education helps give women the skills they need to take on leadership roles in public life. In those roles, they are much more likely to advocate for decisions and policy that benefit family and community life, such as improved education and social services.In India, increasing the number of women who can read and write by 8 percent would increase the share of female candidates by 16 percent, the share of votes obtained by women by 13 percent, and female voter turnout by 4 percent.*

*Bhalotra, Sonia, Irma Clots-Figueras, and Lakshmi Iyer. 2013. Women’s Political Participation and the Female–Male Literacy Di erential in India. Background paper commissioned for EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/4. Paris: UNESCO.


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