Literacy of women improves family lifeListen /
The literacy of women helps to promote the development and wellbeing of children, according to an official of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
To underline the importance of this issue, the United Nations observes International Literacy Day on 8 September each year.
The United Nations estimates that 775 million young people, the majority of them women and girls, still cannot reach or write.
Subbarao Ilapavuluri, Chief of the Literacy Section of UNESCO, says literacy empowers people.
"There is a lot of evidence that a literate mother will have literate children and it's actually generational and also it will have an impact on the quality of life. It has deep impact on various other indices of human development, whether it's maternal mortality or infant mortality or child health, children's nutrition. I think it's very important that women's literacy is emphasized." (Duration: 23")
The theme of this year's International Literacy Day is "Literacy and Peace".