Iran: 65 per cent illiterates in Khuzestan are women

There are 150,000 illiterate women in Khuzestan which is 65 per cent of the total number of illiterates in this southwestern oil-rich province in Iran.

Moussa Sheikh, deputy director for literacy at the Department of Education, said there are 230,000 illiterates between 10 to 49 years of age in Khuzestan 35 per cent of whom, i.e. 80,000, are men and 65 per cent or 150,000 are women. (The state-run ISNA news agency – February 14, 2018)

According to a recent survey, there are 1.7 million women in Iran between 10 and 49 years who are absolutely illiterate.

Iran ranks 120th in the world with a total of 9.5 million illiterates in the country.