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Women in Europe need ‘greater economic independence’ to avoid poverty: UN Special Rapporteur

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A homeless woman begs for money in the centre of London, United Kingdom Women in Europe should be given “greater economic independence” through equal pay, childcare support and the sharing of domestic duties to ensure that they do not fall into poverty, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

Olivier De Shutter recently conducted a two-month mission to the European Union , where women are more likely to fall into poverty than men, a situation that has further deteriorated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN News spoke to Mr. De Shutter ahead of International Women’s Day marked annually on 8 March. Why are women more likely to be affected by poverty than men in the EU?

Women are disproportionately more at risk of poverty compared to men (22.3 per cent compared to 20.4 per cent in the EU). What is perhaps even more striking is that for older women, particularly having reached pension age, the gaps are significantly higher (averaging 37.2% across the EU).

There is still a division of roles between women and men within households that makes it more difficult for women to seek long-term, full-time employment. Women’s careers are often interrupted […]

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