Empowerment of Women in Knowledge Based Society. The global economy is becoming increasingly dependent upon the ability to effectively produce and use knowledge and that the competitiveness of a country depends on the knowledge acquisition capacity of its human resources.
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increasingly dependent upon the ability to
effectively produce and use knowledge and that the competitiveness of a country depends on the knowledge acquisition capacityof its human resources.
Disturbing signals revealed from the first AHDR in 2002:
•While good progress has been made over the last decades in education coverage, more than half of Arab women cannot read or write. Two thirds of illiterates in the region are women.
•About 10 million children are out of school, mostly girls
•Low, and deteriorating, quality of education
•Only 0.6% of Arabs use the Internet & 1.2% of the population uses a PC
(The Arab region has the lowest level of access to ICT of all regions of the world, even lower than sub-Saharan Africa)
•Spending on research and development (R&D) is one seventh of the world average (0.5% of GDP)
Why Should Women be Empowered to Access Knowledge?
The main impediments to knowledge are:
Labor demand characteristics: