Palestine: Drop in Illiteracy Rates among Women

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Women are the breadwinners in approximately 11 percent of Palestinian families, data from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics has released ahead of Women’s Day.

Some 49 percent of Palestinian society is female, the figures showed, making up 2.45 million of the 4.98 million population.

The number of girls entering into marriages under the age of 18 has dropped to 20 percent, down from 24 percent in 2010.  This compares to one percent of males who marry as minors.

Despite the decline in illiteracy rates among women over the past decade, the figures showed that there is still a gap between men and women with four percent of females being illiterate compared to one per of men.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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