The number of illiterate women in Iran’s Western Azerbaijan Province exceeds men. This was announced by Mohammad Reza Najafi, Education Department’s deputy for literacy in Western Azerbaijan Province, in a meeting with the press.
Najafi asserted, “The number of illiterate women in rural areas and villages is greater compared to cities and urban areas.”
Based on figures collected in 2011 in Western Azerbaijan Province, Iran, the number of illiterate women in this province is 181,047, of whom 108,000 women reside in villages and 72,000 live in cities of this northwestern Iranian province.
(State-run ISNA news agency, December 26, 2015)