More than 1 billion in the world today, the great majority of whom are women, live in unacceptable conditions of poverty, mostly in the developing countries. Poverty has various causes, including structural ones. Poverty is a complex, multidimensional problem, with origins in both the national and international domains.

When women are poor, their rights are not protected. They face obstacles that may be extraordinarily difficult to overcome. This results in deprivation in their own lives and losses for the broader society and economy, as women's productivity is well known as one of the greatest generators of economic dynamism.

More here about Global Poverty of Women.

Women in Poverty

  • Households of lone mothers with young children are more likely to be poor than households of lone fathers with young children.
  • Women are more likely to be poor than men when living in one-person households in many countries from both the more developed and the less developed regions.
  • Women are overrepresented among the older poor in the more developed regions.
  • Existing statutory and customary laws limit women’s access to land and other types of property in most countries in Africa and about half the countries in Asia.
  • Fewer women than men have cash income in the less developed regions, and a significant proportion of married women have no say in how their cash earnings are spent.
  • Married women from the less developed regions do not fully participate in intrahousehold decision-making on spending, particularly in African countries and in poorer households.

Ministry Ideas

  • Small buiness development
  • Money management seminar
  • Debt counseling
  • Food baskets for needy families
  • Family Hygiene Packs with personal hygiene products
  • Meals for a homeless shelter
  • School supplies for needy children
  • Blankets in winter time
  • Retirement planning seminar
  • Community vegetable garden
  • Community classes: adult literacy, hygiene, and basic sanitation
  • Widow support groups
  • Offer medical/spiritual assistance in partnership with Health Ministries department
  • Develop and implement anti-poverty projects in partnership with other departments in the church and community
  • Enable women in your church and community to meet the needs of those living in poverty
  • Provide information on how to access low-cost legal services, including literacy programs, health care assistance, and educational service especially designed to reach women living in poverty

Source: Women's Ministries Six Issues - Poverty brochure

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