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Out of Sight

Published: Friday, December 31, 1999

The Hidden Poverty of Women

This year in Ireland, one in every four women raising children or managing households on their own will experience poverty despite our economic boom and a growth rate of 8% (ESRI
2000). If that woman is old or a lone parent, her situation will have worsened over the past decade in relative terms and she will have become poorer than many other people in her community. If she is homeless, an asylum seeker or a member of the Travelling community, for instance, she may be experiencing disadvantage on a number of levels and yet her experience of poverty will not even be recorded in official statistics. The particular situation of a woman experiencing violence or a woman with disabilities living in poverty remains unexplored and largely unknown.

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