NWCI Submission to the Traveller Health Action Plan, July 2018
Published: Monday, July 09, 2018
The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) recommends that Traveller women be included as a priority group within the Traveller health action plan.
Traveller women experience stark health inequalities due to structural inequalities and social determinants of health, including poor accommodation conditions, poverty, illiteracy and discrimination.1 Traveller women have also identified significant barriers to health services, including: discrimination and racism (both at individual and institutional levels); lack of trust with healthcare providers; lack of culturally-appropriate service provision; and limited engagement from service providers with Travellers and Traveller organisations. The Primary Health Care Traveller Projects, which have been so effective at increasing access to health information and services for the Traveller community, are staffed by a predominantly female workforce who receive less than the minimum wage and have precarious working conditions.