Girls Beat the Odds in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan

March 5, 2009 — By Melody Zavala

Melody Zavala is Director of The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia Program. She can be reached at

International Women’s Day brings attention to the enormous challenges and opportunities that women from developed and developing countries alike face in their pursuit for equality in schools, the workplace, and community and political life. At Books for Asia, we are especially proud of the increased access to education our program extends to girls and women throughout Asia.

Unfortunately, female literacy rates still remain far lower than that of males. According to the International Women’s Day website, women represent two-thirds of the over 1 billion illiterate adults who have no access to basic education…. Read more

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