The Plight of Women in South Asia

Women remain one of the most disadvantaged groups in society. This is especially true in slums, rural villages, and tribal areas.

In tribal areas, just over 12% of women are literate. In slums, almost all women are illiterate.

Typical Living Conditions for Women are Pathetic

  • Primarily agricultural workers or construction workers

  • Subjected to backbreaking work

  • Treated like slaves

  • Paid less than $1 per day

  • Abused sexually

  • Totally illiterate

  • Under the impression they don’t have rights

People in Modern Slavery by Country
(Global Slavery Index, 2018)

India has nearly half of the world’s estimated 45 million people living in modern slavery.

The “Global Slavery Index” report released by the Walk Free Foundation estimated the number of people in the world affected by a range of practices, including forced and bonded labor, human trafficking, forced marriages, child labor, and the use of children in the military. India had the highest number of estimated slaves with 18.3 million followed by China with 3.3 million. Others in South Asia include Afghanistan with 750,000 and Bangladesh with 592,000 people living in modern slavery.

Afghanistan has a Prevalence Index Rank of 5/167 and India 53/167. Forced marriage is common in India, child labor is common in India, Nepal, and other countries.

Literacy courses teach adults not only to read, but also to help stop the practice of forced marriages, and help people avoid the perils of indentured servitude, human trafficking, and bonded labor.

Literacy Empowers Women

Becoming literate immediately empowers these women, putting them in a position where they know their rights as citizens. These women can be delivered from an abusive work situations and are enabled to secure a decent job paying 3-4 times their current wages.

They develop self-worth, dignity, and confidence.  And they discover hope!

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sponsored for literacy classes over the last 5 years
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% of students
complete the literacy program
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% of graduates
give back by committing to teach others to read


Move women from oppression to freedom and hope.

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