International Women’s Day is a day to honour the contributions of women in all aspects of life and to support the ongoing struggle for gender equality. On this day, individuals and organizations come together to highlight the importance of women’s rights and to promote positive change in society. It is also a day to reflect on the progress made towards gender equality and to raise awareness about the challenges and inequalities that women still face around the world. A growing problem is for women is homelessness. Women who experience homelessness face unique challenges, such as an increased risk of violence, limited access to healthcare and basic hygiene needs, and difficulty finding employment due to gaps in work history.
Homeless Link have published a report into the issues of Women’s Homelessness which you can read below.
- In 2021-22 17.4% of people sleeping rough in London were female (CHAIN, 2022a).
- 70% of women sleeping rough have experienced violence from an intimate partner
- The average age of death for a homeless woman is 41.6 years