Political discrimination based on illiteracy

Other Names:
Active political prejudice towards the illiterate
In certain countries, literacy tests must be passed before a person is allowed to vote. As modern methods of mass communication enable illiterate people to understand what they are doing in voting for one candidate or another, literacy tests are often maintained as a discouragement to certain sectors of the population. The most affected are women, low wage-earners, and indigenous people.
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
10.02.1997 – 00:00 CET