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  1. Aug 2019
    1. On a worldwide scale, illiteracy disproportionately impacts women.[32] According to 2015 UIS data collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, about two-thirds (63%) of the world's illiterate adults are women. This disparity was even starker in previous decades: from 1970 to 2000, the global gender gap in literacy would decrease by roughly 50%.[33] In recent years, however, this progress has stagnated, with the remaining gender gap holding almost constant over the last two decades.[28] In general, the gender gap in literacy is not as pronounced as the regional gap; that is, differences between countries in overall literacy are often larger than gender differences within countries.[34] However, the gap between men and women would narrow from 1990 onwards, after the increase of male adult literacy rates at 80 per cent (see image)

      I think literacy overall is important because of situations like these in which there are huge gaps between the genders and regions.