Women in Poverty: Breaking the Cycle
Authors: Nathalie Schlenzka, Ana Lite Mateo, Agata Szypulska, Brunilda Menalla, Julia Konowrocka, Moana Genevey
This discussion paper examines the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on women in poverty in four areas: the labour market, access to health and social services, housing, and access to education. These four areas have been chosen as discrimination of women in poverty in these areas is virulent and has a strong impact.
In each chapter an overview of existing vulnerabilities and new risks implied by the COVID-19 crisis for women in poverty is provided, as well as examples showcasing the experiences of vulnerable women, who are usually silenced. The examples aim at highlighting instances of systemic/structural and intersectional discrimination. At the end of each chapter, questions are raised on potential solutions and necessary actions for improving the situation of women in poverty in Europe.