In 2012, 1.41 million children under five died in India and 0.83 million in Nigeria. If all women had completed primary education, the under-five mortality rate would have been 13 percent lower in India and 11 percent lower in Nigeria, the 2013/14 Education for All Global Monitoring Report said.

If all women had completed secondary education, it would have been 61 percent lower in India and 43 percent lower in Nigeria, saving 1. 23 million children’s lives, said the report published by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
    
Education also helps overcome gender biases in political behaviour to deepen democracy, it said.

In India, reducing the gender literacy gap by 40 percent increased the probability of women standing for state Assembly elections by 16 percent and the share of votes that they received by 13 percent.

(Agencies)

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