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What is the 'Feminisation of Poverty'?

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The Feminisation of Poverty: What is the 'Feminisation of Poverty'? Why were women only slightly more likely than men to be poor in 1950, whereas today women are about 50 times more likely? Why of the 960 million illiterate people in the world, over two thirds are women? Why in Peru 20% of all crimes reported to police are of women beaten by their husbands? These are all examples of the growing gender gap; the term used to describe this gap is the 'Feminisation of Poverty'. Worldwide Situation: The 'Feminisation of Poverty' generally occurs more frequently in the developing world, but also frequently arises in developed countries. The term is generally less a question of whether more women than men are poor, but a question of the severity of the poverty and the difficulties these women find in bettering their lives as a result of it. ...read more.


Their health care and nutritional needs are not given priority; they lack sufficient access to education and support services, and their contribution to decision-making at home and in the community are minimal. Caught in the cycle of poverty, women lack access to resources and services to change their situation. Feminisation of Poverty and its effect on violence: The feminisation of poverty can be both a cause and a consequence of violence against women, with poverty and violence against women literally go hand in hand. Although women from all socio-economic groups are at risk of physical, sexual and psychological abuse and deprivation by their partners, it is clear that women living in impoverished conditions have an increased risk of violence. Murder rates worldwide, for example, are found to be highest in areas where poverty is the most prevalent, showing a direct correlation between violence and poverty. ...read more.


The Future: Although it is clear that there remains much disparity between males and females in society, many inequities that women previously faced have been overcome and worldwide the degree of poverty that women suffer has decreased. For example women have increased their number in the paid workforce worldwide and the percentage of women in parliamentary positions has increased, in the Seychelles 46% of MP's are female and 23% in Cuba are women. Worldwide women's health has improved; increased education has had a marked effect in improving maternal and family health, as well as given women a choice in family planning. Through programs and initiatives being developed by organizations every day we can imagine that in years to come more and more of the disadvantages that women face today will have been overcome, and the gender gap will begin to diminish. Hopefully then men and women across the world will stand at the same level and be totally and wholly equal. ...read more.

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