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Posted September 10 , 2010
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Literacy

Literacy Has Empowering Effect On Women, UN Officials Say

World - "Top UN officials on Wednesday called for more funding and advocacy to improve literacy rates among the world's women, who comprise two out of every three adults who cannot read or write.

In a message marking International Literacy Day, which is observed on Wednesday, UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon stressed the transformative effect on both a family and the wider community when a woman is literate"." [Xinhua/Factiva]

AP reports "Former [US] First Lady Laura Bush says that teaching more women around the world to read and write can dramatically improve their lives and those of their children. Bush, a UNESCO honorary ambassador, focused Tuesday on the importance of educating women in developing nations during an International Literacy Day event at UN headquarters" [Associated Press/Factiva]

Associated Press of Pakistan reports "[Pakistan"s] Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani has said that government is committed to address major causes of illiteracy like budgetary constraints and is resolved to universalize primary education"on the occasion of The International Literacy Day, being observed on 8 September" [Associated Press of Pakistan/BBC Monitoring/Factiva]

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