The Plight of Women in India

Women in India remain one of the most disadvantaged groups in society. This is especially true in slums, rural villages, and tribal areas. India has a tribal population of over 84 million people.

Overall, 55% of women are literate versus 77% of men. In tribal areas, just over 12% of women are literate. In slums, almost all women are illiterate.

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Living Conditions for Most Women are Pathetic

For example, there are 3 colonies in the Chittor District, which is in the state of Andhra Pradesh, where there are 2,000 women who are:

  • Primarily agricultural workers or construction workers

  • Subjected to backbreaking work

  • Treated like slaves

  • Paid less than $1 per day

  • Abused sexually

  • Totally illiterate

  • Under the impression they don’t have rights

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  • China
  • Pakistan
  • Other

People in Modern Slavery by Country
(Global Slavery Index, 2018)

India has nearly half of the world’s estimated 45 million slaves.

The “Global Slavery Index” report released by the Walk Free Foundation estimated the number of people in the world affected by a range of practices, including forced and bonded labor, human trafficking, forced marriages, and the use of children in the military. India had the highest number of estimated slaves with 18.3 million, followed by: China with 3.3 million, and Pakistan with 2.1 million In India, forced marriage and child labor are common.

Literacy courses teach adults not only to read, but also to help stop the practice of forced marriages, and help people avoid the perils of forced and bonded labor.

Literacy Empowers Women

Becoming literate immediately empowers these women, putting them in a position where they know their rights as citizens. These women can be delivered from an abusive work situations and are enabled to secure a decent job paying 3-4 times their current wages.

Knowing Christ gives them dignity, self-respect, inner strength, and most of all—hope for this life and the next!

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sponsored for literacy classes over the last 5 years
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% of students
complete the literacy program
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% of graduates
give back by participating in the 'Each One Teach One' program


Empower women by setting them free from physical and spiritual bondage through literacy classes.