The Eradication of Poverty A qualitative study of European level work to eradicate poverty among women

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för socialt arbete

Sammanfattning: The European Union has long been leading in women’s rights and has worked tointegrate a gender perspective in all policy documents. Although many efforts forwomen’s rights have been taken, gender equality is not yet reached. The reasonswhy women experience poverty still differ to that of men. The purpose of thisstudy was to examine and highlight European level work done to eradicatepoverty among women in Europe. The main empirical focus was set on EuropeanInstitutions and Non-governmental Organisations as well as the Europe 2020Strategy. The study had a qualitative approach and was based on seven semistructuredinterviews with professionals as well as document analyses of threeEurope 2020 documents. A thematic analysis was used to examine the empiricaldata with support of the main theoretical perspectives: power, gender system andneo-functionalism. The main conclusions showed that the Europe 2020 Strategywas created with the goal to bring at least 20 million people out of poverty, butlacked women specific measures. Within social policy, the principle ofsubsidiarity governs meaning that European level instruments to eradicate povertywere not made binding, nor where Women’s rights made priority. Furthermore,Non-governmental Organisations called for more formalised involvement anddirect participation of people experiencing poverty..

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