In International women's rights day, d.i.King throws a awareness and information campaign on a theme still too little debated and only marginally addressed: women's poverty. The campaign also aims to highlight the strong link between stereotypes, female poverty and economic violence, one of the forms of male violence against women that traps women in violent relationships, precluding paths to emancipation.
Female poverty is a social and structural problem, a complex and multidimensional phenomenon which is also influenced by non-economic factors.
In Italy there are 2 million 277 thousand women who live in poverty and having a job is not enough to avoid it: women still earn less than men, they are more exposed to poverty e social exclusion, are often referred to as the unique care managers of children and family. This can limit employment opportunities for women and lead them to low-wage or part-time jobs, which can make it difficult for them to support themselves and their families.
"Economic autonomy, the freedom to be able to choose one's life and to leave behind the dimension of violence, in our experience often depend on the possibility of women's economic independence” declares Antonella Veltri, president D.i.Re – Donne in Rete contro la violenza "We still don't know – continues Veltri – what policies will be put in place to support women in this process, such as measures to help women in care work and to break the fragility of underpaid precariousness. It would be important – concludes the president – know what the planned government actions are”.
In Italy 3 out of 10 women do not have a bank account and 4 out of 10 women are economically dependent on their husbands. This leads to economic violence: a form of domestic violence in which one partner uses financial control as a means to maintain power and control over his or her partner, making it very difficult to find a way out of the abusive relationship.
OH, POOR WOMEN will highlight the various aspects of female poverty and economic violence, also illustrating the daily work that the Network's anti-violence centers carry out to support the women welcomed in their paths of autonomy. The presence of job desks and the activation of local networks support thousands of women in identifying new job opportunities and training courses for professionalisation and placement on the job market.