Supporting women and girls who experience poverty and violence
On the eve of International Women’s Day (Friday, 8 March), we look at how The Coutts Foundation supports organisations that play a critical role in improving the lives of women and girls.
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A report released last year by the Women’s Budget Group – a network of academics, policy experts and campaigners – found that households with only female adults are more likely to be poor, with single parents and single female pensioners particularly at risk of poverty.
The study – The Female Face of Poverty – notes that almost half (48%) of all single-parent households are living in poverty, compared to a quarter (24%) of households with couples. And the vast majority (86%) of single parents are women.
These figures underpin a key priority of The Coutts Foundation – to support organisations that work to improve the lives of women and girls who experience poverty and violence.
The consequences of poverty for women include:
- limited access to good quality housing
- poor health
- unmet caring needs in later years
…all of which has knock-on effects on their children.
Poverty can also exacerbate domestic abuse and violence – and many of the organisations supported by the Coutts Foundation tackle exactly these issues.
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Disclaimer: Organisations discussed are not endorsed by Coutts and this information does not constitute a recommendation for funding or investment. Risks associated with supporting or investing in organisations referenced remain the donor's own responsibility.
The Coutts Foundation, an independent corporate foundation supported by Coutts, has a mission to tackle the causes and consequences of poverty in the communities where Coutts has a presence. It focuses on women and girls who disproportionally experience poverty and disadvantage, and currently supports 13 charities making a difference in that area.
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