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Devastating implications of poverty for women

Did you know that more than one billion people in the world today, the great majority of whom are women, live in great poverty? The Institute’s Specific Issues Committee, Women and Poverty has prepared a backgrounder on this topic. It includes facts and figures, links to video clips, websites and films, and action ideas, and would be a great tool for small groups or individual reflection.

FACE OF POVERTY
"More than one billion people in the world today, the great majority of whom are women, live in unacceptable conditions of poverty… women’s poverty is directly related to the absence of economic opportunities and autonomy, lack of access to economic resources… lack of access to education and support services and their minimal participation in the decision-making process."
Source: United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women. (Source: www.un-instraw.org)

Let us be challenged by the humanity of Catherine McAuley. She remarked: "How can we teach the love of God when our own hearts are cold?"

Download a backgrounder prepared by the Institute’s Specific Issues Committee, Women and Poverty on the issue of women and poverty here.