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Shocking levels of child poverty are affecting the lives of over 200,000 Scottish children.   With numbers set to rise by 100,000 in the next five years, figures compiled for the Campaign to End Child Poverty reveal a disturbing UK-wide Child Poverty Map. Across Scotland one in five children are living in hardship while one in three children in Glasgow live in poverty.

 “Too many children are missing out on what most of us take for granted, like healthy food, clothes and shoes, birthday treats, school trips or holidays.”

Children live in poverty when their family income from benefits, wages and in-work tax credits are below 60% of the national median income (less than £364 a week for a couple with two children or less than £269 per week for a lone parent with two children).

Anti-poverty campaigners blame low wages and benefits, welfare sanctions, rising housing, fuel and child care costs. The adults in six out of ten families in poverty are working. Neill Mather of Save the Children was clear, “Too many children are missing out on what most of us take for granted, like healthy food, clothes and shoes, birthday treats, school trips or holidays.”

Children’s poverty is closely linked to women’s poverty.   Twice as many women as men rely on benefits and tax credits.   Lone parents make up a substantial number of those in poverty and are 95% of the lone parents who receive benefits.   Scottish women earn less than men overall and female-dominated sectors of the workforce, like the care sector, remain largely low-paid and undervalued.   Scottish women do most of society’s paid and unpaid caring. When women are poor, children are too.

Child poverty is preventable. Anti-child poverty campaigners are calling for increased benefits and the introduction of a national hourly living wage of £7.20.   Recognizing women’s role in Scotland’s caring economy would give them a decent income and could help consign the child poverty map of Scotland to history.

This article was originally published on The Conversation

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Anni Donaldson does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.

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Results from the world’s biggest ever survey on Violence Against Women reveal one third of women are affected.

Revealing the extent of abuse suffered by women at home, work, in public and online, results are shown at European Union and national level. Published by European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) the pan-European survey interviewed 42,000 randomly selected women (an average of 1,500 respondents per country) aged 18-74 years. Findings also show the extent of physical and sexual violence experienced by women in childhood.

These survey figures simply cannot and should not be ignored.

FRA’s survey shows that physical, sexual and psychological violence against women is an

extensive human rights abuse in all EU Member States”

                                

“The enormity of the problem is proof that violence against women does

not just impact a few women only it impacts on society every day.

Measures tackling violence against women need to be taken to a new level now.”     

FRA Director Morten Kjaerum

Findings show that

  • 33% of women ( 62 million women) have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15
  • 22% have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner
  • 5% of all women have been raped
  • Almost one in 10 women who have experienced sexual violence by a non-partner, indicate that more than one
  • perpetrator was involved in the most serious incident
  • 43% have experienced some form of psychological violence by either a current or a previous partnersuch as public humiliation; forbidding a woman to leave the house or locking her up; forcing her to watch pornography; and threats of violence.
  • 33% have childhood experiences of physical or sexual violence at the hands of an adult.
  • 12% had childhood experiences of sexual violence of which half were from men they did not know
  • 18% of women have experienced stalking since the age of 15 and 5% in the 12 months prior to the interview – a total of 9 million women
  • 21% of women who have experienced stalking said that it lasted for over 2 years
  • 11% of women have experienced inappropriate advances on social websites or have been subjected to sexually explicit emails or text (SMS) messages.
  • 20% of young women (18-29) have been victims of such cyber harassment
  • 55% of women have experienced some form of sexual harassment

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