World Literacy Day is a day to raise awareness and recognise literacy as a basic human right. While literacy rates, for women, have risen in India- there is still a long way to go. Over 300 million people in the country are illiterate, 59% of them being women. Literacy is not, and shouldn't be, a privilege. For women, literacy is vital in giving them greater agency to make independent decisions and contribute to the economy. Let us acknowledge that literacy shouldn't have gatekeepers and that this is am equal space for everyone regardless of gender, religion, caste, and lower socio-economic backgrounds.