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Female Youth Literacy

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The biggest gaps between male and female literacy are in Southern Asia, Northern Africa and Southwestern Africa. In India, when the number of illiterate boys is subtracted from illiterate girls, the result is more than 4.2 million ‘extra’ girls who cannot read or write; in Nigeria it is more than 2 million, which is almost 15%of women aged 15-24 there.

The most ‘extra’ female illiteracy in the Middle East is in Yemen; in Eastern Europe it is in Turkey; in South America it is in Guatemala; and in North America it is in the United States.


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Technical Notes

Territory size is proportional to all women aged 15 to 24 who are literate in 2015.

Data sources
This map uses data from the 2016 United Nations Human Development Report and population estimates from the 2017 World Population Prospects (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

All modification to the original data source are noted in our data sheets. Data for this map will soon be available as a download.

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