Literacy for Empowerment of Women in Pakistan

As part of global commitment towards Education For All, UN Literacy Decade (2003-2012), and its programme of Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE), UNESCO planned to reinforce advocacy campaign in favor of female literacy in Pakistan.  Development and production of an advocacy kit on “Literacy for Empowerment of Women in Pakistan” has been planned to disseminate information on the dismal state of literacy among women in Pakistan, and sensitize policy makers for corrective measure on priority basis.

The Assignment was based on a comprehensive review of background documents, researches and meetings with UNSECO team and different organizations (civil societies and Government) working on gender and literacy. Knowledge and information was gathered on current issues and women role in literacy. Pre testing of the content was done through focus group discussions and by conducting a half day workshop with the target group. Based on their inputs and feedback following materials were developed in Urdu and English languages.

Data booklet: A bilingual booklet (English and Urdu) on the “Status of Gender in  Basic Education and Literacy in Pakistan”, including information on the status of females in primary education and literacy, e.g. Primary level NER and literacy rates, and highlighting disparities (enrolment, number of schools for girls, female teachers etc., tables, graphs, and pictures etc.). 

Module on Guidelines for Writers: A bilingual (English and Urdu) module titled  “Guidelines for Mainstreaming of Gender in Literacy Materials”, for the writers of literacy material on the techniques and principles to be followed for gender mainstreaming while developing literacy material (basic literacy primers, post literacy material etc.).

Advocacy brochure (English and Urdu): A brochure (English) on “Why Gender Equality in Basic Education”, referring to human rights (UDHR 1948), constitutional provisions, EFA Goal No 5, MDGs 2 & 3, development arguments (balanced and sustainable socio-economic development in the society), and impact of women education on family, society, economy etc.