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Gender and Poverty in Europe

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) presented the new report: Gender and Poverty in Europe

Poverty and gender inequality are two forms of social injustice, which undermine human rights, the wellbeing of individuals, as well as their capacity to develop their full potential in life.
The briefing was publicized today at a media conference during an EAPN meeting taking place in Belgrade (Serbia), co-organised by EAPN Serbia, SeConS & UN Women. “Poverty means many things. Women have to deal with things on their own, especially if they are Roma like me. To people experiencing poverty and discrimination: follow yourself; make your own path. Education is the most important thing, even if poverty sometimes prevents children and girls from having a good quality education.” said Milica Petrovic, a woman with direct experience of poverty from Serbia.

Both poverty and gender inequality are two forms of social injustice. They undermine human rights; the wellbeing of individuals, and their capacity to develop their full potential in life (as emphasized in the human development approach). Despite efforts made to make progress in gender equality, women are still in an underprivileged position in our societies, and therefore at higher risk of poverty. Women experiencing poverty are exposed to twofold risk and injustice – based on gender and based on their poverty status. Monitoring gendered aspects of poverty is necessary to understand the gender-specific forms and causes of poverty and – in accordance with this – to advocate for appropriate policies and measures that can eliminate or prevent them.

The context, causes, EU actions and testimonies are provided in the briefing.
Read the Briefing

EAPN - Gender and Poverty in Europe