WCHM is launching it’s new report – Hidden disadvantage among women in the ACT – on 4 June. We know that social and economic disadvantage factors, such as poverty and low income, are more likely to be experienced by women than men, which can result in poorer health and well-being outcomes. But it is often hard to access gender disaggregated data for women in the ACT. Without this data, it is hard to know how many women are impacted by specific disadvantage factors, and in what ways.
This is why WCHM engaged NATSEM to provide us with data by gender so that WCHM could look specifically at the differences in disadvantage for women compared to men in the ACT. This report shows that when looking at averages in the ACT, disadvantage can be hidden and that the gendered impacts can be overlooked, because disadvantage in Canberra is not concentrated in particular suburbs or regions. This report also reminds us that marginalisation is gendered.
The report shows the findings at suburb level in relation to low income households (with an equivalised household income of $500 per week or less), sole parent households on low incomes, and adults (aged 15 years or older) who have not completed Year 10 and are not still studying.
The data shows the geographic distribution of women experiencing disadvantage within the ACT, and that there are many more suburbs in the ACT where there is a high proportion of disadvantage for women compared to men. And that women are experiencing disadvantage in these areas in higher proportions than men. The data also shows that in the ACT there are two and a half times more women than men who are sole parents on a low income, and that the proportion of women who don’t have at least a Year 10 level education is 5.8% whereas for men it is 4.8%.
The report is being launched at an event where a panel of speakers facilitated by Virginia Haussegger (Director, 50/50 by 2030 Foundation) will discuss Gender & disadvantage: why does it matter?