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Women’s Literacy Program

Within South Asia, 1.75 times as many men as women can read and write. In Afghanistan, more than three times as many men as women are literate. Some 47 percent of Afghan men and a tiny 15 percent of women can read and write, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

    In May 2005, ARO established the first of a series of women’s literacy classes.  The classes are designed to fast-track women who desperately need literacy and vocational training to support their families. 

    In order to make it possible for these women to attend class, they are paid $50.00(US) / month for family support.  After students complete the programs first three levels, they study English as a second language and math.  Women in the Sewing Initiative Program also are incorporated into this program. 

The Women's Literacy Program is assisted by private donations.

To support this program, please contact: 

Nazi Etemadi, ARO Board of Directors

Facts About Afghan Women:

  • In Afghanistan, with a population of nearly 27 million people, men have a longer life expectancy than women. The average girl born today in Afghanistan is expected to live to 45 years, one year less than her male counterpart. This is one of only a few countries in which male longevity is greater than that of females. (Population Reference Bureau)
  • The total fertility rate is 6.1 children per woman. (Population Reference Bureau)

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