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Effects Of Poverty On Women

by Javed Pasha
Effects Of Poverty On Women

Effects Of Poverty On Women

Effects of poverty on women can be seen on our society. We all know poverty exists. An estimated 836 million people worldwide have no access to clean water and 2.6 billion do not use an adequate toilet.

Most of these are women and girls, especially in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. we’re focusing on the effects of poverty on women, particularly those caused by preventable health conditions such as infectious disease, poor pregnancy outcomes and the risk of gender-based violence including intimate partner violence and sexual abuse. 


Effects Of Poverty On Women’s Rights

Poverty, one of the most important issues affecting women’s rights.

Poverty is often used to describe a severe material deprivation based on the lack of access to the basic goods and services needed for survival.

The effects of poverty are many, and can include inadequate housing, food insecurity, inability to meet basic health needs and provide education for one’s children. CEP has produced this factsheet as part of a series that explores the socio – economic rights of women.

 Poverty is a global issue. If not tackled directly, it can cause major problems for people living in extreme poverty and their communities. Women and women’s rights are particularly affected by poverty, which can result in poor health, human trafficking, inadequate access to housing and education, early marriage and violence against women and children.


Effects Of Poverty On Women’s Health

The adverse effects of poverty on women’s health are widely recognized, including the detrimental effects of crowding and stress.

Evidence suggests that low incomes and food insecurity lead to physical inactivity and unhealthy dietary patterns that compound the adverse effects of poverty on biomarkers of disease risk as well as obesity; there may also be important interactions between food insecurity, stress, and psychosocial factors.

The effects of poverty on women’s health have been well documented. Approximately 1 billion people live in extreme poverty, 50% of those are women alone or with their children. Poor households have limited access to clean water, sanitation, and energy of which are extremely large contributors to women’s mortality and morbidity.

Effects Of Poverty On Women


Effects Of Poverty On Women’s Mental Health

Poverty can be damaging to any family, but it may hurt women in particular. Women are more likely to suffer from mental health problems as a result of poverty compared with men and less able to cope.

Effects include financial hardship, emotional distress, social isolation, self-medicating and developing coping strategies. While experiencing the symptoms of mental illness can be difficult for anyone, a woman’s additional responsibilities make it harder for her to seek treatment.

Poor women have poorer mental health than women of higher socioeconomic status. This effect is greater when stressors compound such as when there is domestic violence involved, or when abuse occurs while a woman is pregnant. Poverty can lead to mental health consequences like depression, anxiety, substance abuse disorder, and suicidal behavior.

In addition to these direct effects on mental health, poverty also has indirect effects on women’s mental health manifested by growing incidences of psychosomatic disorders because they are not getting medical attention.


Effects Of Poverty On Women’s Education

To increase literacy in women residing in rural areas, International Literacy Association (ILA) partnered with Life Long India (LLI), a non-partisan, non-profit organization, to implement a nationwide program called Vidya Gyan. Vidya Gyan strives to increase literacy levels among girls.

The program has successfully opened up new opportunities for girls who are out of school and have limited access to public education by providing schools and teachers to the underprivileged girls living in the state of Bihar.

The objective of this case study is to analyze the effects of poverty on women’s education and develop solutions that can help improve living conditions among this group.


Effects Of Poverty On Women’s Jobs Opportunity

More than 20 percent of American women with children under age 6 are living in poverty, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Sept. 12. The news comes just a week after the National Women’s Law Center released a report stating that female workers face far greater challenges in today’s job market than their male counterparts.

Underpaid or no income is the most severe effect of poverty and it has led to the deprivation of basic needs. Poverty promotes women to work on a low-paid labor and engage in bottlenecks.

The practical poverty cannot ensure the basic needs of life, and it is burdened by taking care of a family and children by themselves. This situation has created gender discrimination between men and women and kept women in the inferior position in their families.

Effects Of Poverty On Women’s Behavior

A body of research on the effects of poverty on women’s behavior demonstrates that being poor leads to distinct psychological changes in people. Let us examine these four changes: lower psychological well-being, higher anxiety levels, greater feelings of shame and helplessness, and lower overall self-worth.

By understanding the detrimental effects of poverty on women’s behavior, we can learn about the specific consequences of poverty and how to assist its victims.

In a pervasively poor community in Guatemala, the authors examined effects of poverty on women’s behavior. They interviewed 84 women who had recently moved from an impoverished part of Guatemala City to a new neighborhood with water and electricity.

The authors found that low socio-economic status is related to changes in partner choice, and contraceptive use among women from an immigrant setting.


Effects Of Poverty On Women’s Emotional Development

The effects of poverty on women’s emotional development may include learning how to conceal their true feelings, particularly negative emotions. This is because kids will be embarrassed if they cry in school and embarrassed if they don’t have the right clothes.

Norms of social behavior are learned in the family by watching others, and participating in the process by which these norms are created. Poverty places stress on women, who must both provide for their families and preserve their home environment.

In poverty stricken areas, domestic violence is prevalent partly because men often feel humiliation from being unable to support a family; it is considered shameful for a man not to earn money that meets or exceeds his wife’s earnings or from being unable to financially support her or her children sufficiently.

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