Report Launch: The Female Face of Poverty

Event Date: Wednesday 18th July 2018

House of Lords, Committee Room 3A, 6.30 - 8 pm



You are invited to:

Addressing the causes and consequences of poverty for women: How do we promote women’s economic independence?

Join the Women’s Budget Group as we launch our new report on the causes and consequences of women’s poverty.

Hosted by Baroness (Ruth) Lister of Burtersett.

Speakers include:
Alison Garnham – Child Poverty Action Group
Sara Reis – UK Women’s Budget Group
Sue Bent – Central England Law Centre
Chair: Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi – independent journalist

Poverty is a gendered experience. Women face specific challenges in achieving financial security for themselves and their families including low paid work, unaffordable childcare, high housing costs and financial abuse. The position of women in the labour market, women’s entitlement to benefits, and women’s roles and expectations within the family all play a role in determining women’s economic situation and their risks of living in poverty. Consequences of poverty include debt, housing issues, mental and physical health problems and reduced ability to leave violent relationships. Young women, mothers and female pensioners, as well as disabled and BME women all face specific risks and impacts of poverty.

Join us as we discuss these questions and share the findings of our new report.

The report will cover:

  • What are the causes of poverty for women at different life stages and for different groups of women?
  • How do women experience poverty and what is the impact of poverty on their lives?
  • What role can social security and public investment play in combating women’s poverty?


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This is one of a series of reports that will be published in collaboration with the Coventry Women’s Partnership. This is a project funded by the Smallwood Trust which brings together frontline women’s organisations in Coventry that work on employability, health, legal rights and domestic and sexual violence to improve the support that they give women. The Women’s Budget Group is working with these organisations to carry out research into the main issues facing their service users.