April 23 World Book Day

World Book Day 2015
On World Book and Copyright Day, marked on 23 April 2015, GWI highlighted the stark reality that 781 million people worldwide today cannot read or write, almost two thirds of whom are girls and women. GWI, recognising that literacy is the cornerstone of personal autonomy, social inclusion and economic empowerment, strongly urged policy makers to immediately adopt and implement targeted local and national plans of action, as well as supplement and reinforce international political commitments for education in the post-2015 development agenda. Cognisant of modern-day technological advancements and necessities, GWI also called for literacy to include financial and digital literacy, as well as functional competencies of reading, writing and numeracy.

Press Release

On World Book Day, IFUW and Women Graduates-USA urge all stakeholders to invest in education to end global illiteracy Doylestown, PA, 23 April 2015 – On World Book and Copyright Day, the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) and Women Graduates-USA highlight the stark reality that 781 million people worldwide today cannot read or write, almost two thirds of whom are women. IFUW and Women Graduates-USA recognising that literacy is the cornerstone of personal autonomy, social inclusion and economic empowerment, strongly urge policy makers to immediately adopt and implement targeted local and national plans of action, as well as supplement and reinforce international political commitments for education in the post-2015 development agenda. IFUW and Women Graduates-USA further recommend the adoption of specific, relevant and measurable targets in all literacy campaigns in order to effectively monitor implementation and progress. Cognisant of modern-day technological advancements and necessities, IFUW and Women Graduates-USA call for literacy to include financial and digital literacy, as well as functional competencies of reading, writing and numeracy. States should invest in the compilation, publication and dissemination of gender- and age- disaggregated data that evaluate literacy levels of all its population. Literacy should also be assessed along a continuum, as supported by UNESCO.

2015 – On World Book Day press release

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