The female adult literacy rate, although still lagging significantly behind the male rate, increased from 27% in 1997 to 48% in 2007, compared with the male rate at 58.7% in 2007. Human Development Report Statistics.
Women’s life expectancy increased from 58 years in 1997 to 66.7 in 2007, compared with life expectancy for men of 64.7 years in 2007 (HDR online statistics), which is more in line with global biological standards.
Steps Towards Change: National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction II, 2009-11, p.8-9.
See for example: Mohammad Asadullah Niaz “Returns to education in Bangladesh”, Working Paper No.130, QEH Working Paper Series, October 2005.
MDG Progress Report 2009
Source: Poverty Assessment for Bangladesh, Bangladesh Development Series Paper No. 26, World Bank, Dhaka, October 2008
UNICEF Fact Sheet on Maternal and Neonatal Health in Bangladesh, UNICEF, Dhaka, 2009
Whispers to Voices, World Bank, Washington DC. 2008