Of the 781 million adults estimated to be illiterate, two-thirds—or 496 million—are women.1 Many of them live in countries where GFA workers minister. Illiteracy makes it more likely for women to be robbed of fairness in shopping and signing contracts. Illiteracy also limits job opportunities for women, trapping them in the cycle of poverty. Literacy classes offered by GFA workers open the door for women to step into new opportunities and provide for their families in God-honoring ways.
Pray more women would have the opportunity to take literacy classes despite the challenges of balancing studying with home obligations or time spent working as daily laborers. Pray for the Bridge of Hope staff members, Women’s Fellowship groups and Sisters of Compassion who teach literacy classes.
1Ford, Liz. Two-thirds of World’s Illiterate Adults are Women, Report Finds. The Guardian. https://unstats.un.org/unsd/gender/News/English/The%20Guardian_Two-thirds%20of%20world%27s%20illiterate%20adults%20are%20women,%20report%20finds%20_%20Global%20development.pdf. October 20, 2015.