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04/07/2014

The price of austerity - The impact on women's rights and gender equality in Europe

Auteur : Millennia2025

Source : European Women's Lobby

 

 

 The price of austerity - The impact on women's rights and gender equality in Europe

The European Women's Lobby (EWL) and its member organisations are extremely concerned about the impact of the current climate of austerity on women's lives and on gender equality in Europe. The European governments are tackling the crisis through unprecedented cuts in public spending, which have fallen heavily on public services and social benefits.

 

Although cutbacks in services and benefits will have a negative impact on everyone, this impact has been uneven. Budget deficits are being covered mainly from the pockets of those with least access to the tables where economic decisions are made. Women are most affected, and lone mothers and single female pensioners are among those who suffer most.

 

The extent to which cuts in public expenditure have hit women and compromised gender equality is poorly reflected in official statistics on the crisis and recovery, which focus on labour market outcomes. Going beyond the official voice, this EWL report unravels established facts about the crisis and brings into view issues poorly reflected in official statistics. The report is based on data received from EWL member organisations in 13 countries2 in September 2012, and on an analysis of a broad range of recent research on the crisis and recovery policies.

 

The report looks at I) The differential impact of the crisis on women and men in the labour market, focusing on cuts in public sector jobs and wages; II) The impact of cutbacks in public services and benefits on women and gender equality, focusing on care services and care-related benefits; and III) The impact of austerity on funding for women's rights and gender equality. The report reveals that cuts in public spending have had a disproportionate impact on women and that austerity threatens to interrupt progress towards gender equality and create new inequalities.

 

 => Direct link to the 20 pages report: EWL's report on the Impact of austerity measures on women in Europe.


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