INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MARCH 8
TOO MANY OLDER WOMEN IN POVERTY
“Whilst we celebrate the positive advancements made by women over recent times, International Women’s Day on March 8 also provides us with an opportunity to reflect on how far we need to go to ensure that all women enjoy their rights and are treated equally,” said Sue Hendy CEO of the Council on the Ageing (COTA)Victoria
“There is still widespread discrimination against older women in employment, income security and housing.
“There can be little doubt that the ‘double whammy’ of age and gender discrimination keeps many women out of the workforce. Many older women are pushed out of the work force or have great difficulty getting work. When they do get work they are often entrapped in low-paid and precarious work.
“Poverty in older age is widely experienced in Australia, a fact the recent Intergenerational Report failed to recognise.
“Older women in poverty face difficulties in covering basic expenses including food, utilities, increasing rents and rates,” Sue Hendy said.
“The lack of public and social housing, skyrocketing private rentals and insecure tenure are critical issues that need to be addressed by Government.
Many older people are paying more than 70 per cent of their income in rent and relying on family and welfare organisations to survive. About 11 per cent of older people are renting up from 8 per cent five years ago. That doesn’t include the nearly 15,000 people aged 55 and over who are homeless,” Sue Hendy said.
ENQUIRIES: Sue Hendy: 0413 802054 or Brendan O’Dwyer: 0415 764 353.
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