On International Women’s Day (March 8) Shelter WA acknowledges the many women living in housing stress, or who are homeless.
The theme – an equal world is an enabled world – aims to highlight how individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
Gender Inequality and Access to Affordable Housing
On International Women’s Day Shelter WA acknowledges the many women living in housing stress, or who are homeless. Our strong advocacy will continue so your issue remains visible and your voices are heard. We would like to pay tribute to the fearless women with lived experience and women across government, the NGO sector, industry and the community who are working to end housing stress and homelessness. The lack of social and affordable housing and homelessness is a policy failure. As a social construct, just like the glass ceiling it needs to be shattered.
International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between gender inequality, access to affordable housing and homelessness. Whilst many Australians are affected, women in particular those on part-time wages, the pension, Newstart or parenting payments are at risk of housing stress. Women are generally in roles that attract lower wages.
Higher risk of Housing Stress and Homelessness
Gender-based workplace inequality means women on average earn less than men. Many women are reliant on part-time or casual work or payments to make ends meet. Due to time off work to raise families or care for aging parents, coupled with workplace inequality, many women leave the paid workforce with less savings and superannuation. This places them at higher risk of housing stress and homelessness. We know that domestic and family violence is one of the top reasons people seek support from specialist homelessness services.
This threat to their safety means many women and their children flee leave their homes, often with nowhere to go.
For Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and migrant woman, women with a disability or with health issues, this can be compounded by cultural, social and language barriers which impact on their ability to access the right home in the right location that meets their cultural needs.
We hope you will join us on International Women’s Day not only to reflect on the impact of housing stress on women, but to help us lead the change for housing justice for all. We are more powerful when equal.
For more info on International Women’s Day click here.