UN & Oxford report finds women in many poor households lack educational attainment

A new report released by the United Nations Development Programme and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative unveiled that one in six poor people live in households with no female who completed basic education.

In the report, the findings depict the grim day-to-day reality of multidimensionally poor people. As many as 1.3 billion people worldwide are labeled as multidimensionally poor. Around 1 billion people lack adequate sanitation and substandard housing. And 568 million lack clean drinking water within a 30-minute roundtrip walk.

“The global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative measures poverty by considering various deprivations experienced by people in their daily lives, including poor health, insufficient education and a low standard of living,” according to the authors of the UN report.

“The report finds that, in some cases, disparities in multidimensional poverty across ethnic and racial groups are greater than disparities across geographical subnational regions. Indeed, when the MPI is disaggregated by ethnic group, the range in values is greater than that across all 109 countries and all other disaggregations tested.”

The UN report found that Middle Eastern states are among the most prevalent of poor people in households where no girl or woman receives an education. Moreover, the poverty experienced among girls and women is said to increase the risk of violence.

“One-sixth of all multidimensionally poor people (215 million) live in households in which at least one boy or man has completed six or more years of schooling but no girl or woman has,” the authors of the report explained. “The report also finds that women and girls living in multidimensional poverty are at higher risk of intimate partner violence.”

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