Types of Poverty
There are different types of poverty. Lack of money or
limited income is common to any definition of poverty. When
we think of poverty we may think of starving people, living
without proper housing, clothing or medical care –
people who struggle to stay alive. This is known as absolute
poverty. Some people in Ireland, including homeless
people, may experience this type of poverty.
In Ireland and other developed countries, poverty is more
usually called relative poverty. In this
case, people are considered to be living in poverty if their
standard of living is substantially less than the general
standard of living in society. The government’s National
Anti-Poverty Strategy reflects this: “people are living
in poverty if their income and resources (material, cultural
and social) are so inadequate as to preclude them from having
a standard of living that is regarded as acceptable by Irish
society generally. As a result of inadequate income and
resources, people may be excluded and marginalised from
participating in activities considered the norm for other
Source: Combat Poverty Agency
What's Been Happening
Through contact and consultation with women in the Iveragh
area, SKWA is aware of the isolation experienced by many
women and one of the aims of the Equality for Women Measure
project was to combat isolation by:
Building the capacity of the association to reach more
women and to increase the number of women’s groups
within the network.
Organising events which bring women together and combine
educational and social oppotunities.
Producing a series of programmes for local radio.
Compilation of a ‘Volunteers’ Handbook’
which will give information on the organisations, in the Iveragh
area, who would welcome volunteer help.
Conducting a comprehensive needs analysis looking particularly
at ‘access’ to services and facilities in the
Iveragh area. Results and recommendations should be available
What’s Available / What’s On
CD of radio series ‘Amongst Women’ will be available
in Spring 2006
Lists of videos, books and equipment available for groups
and individuals to borrow. For information contact Helen O'Sullivan at the office.