Policies of exclusion, poverty and health: stories from the front

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Chrystal Ocean (ed.)
WISE Society
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Duncan, BC

Presents the stories of 21 women living below Canada's poverty line.

ISBN 0973666404
POVR.P65 2004
Review, Network Fall 2005: We’ve all heard the statistic: one in five Canadian women is living in poverty. That's more than 2.8 million women. There are too many reasons why more women are poor than men. But what’s it like to be poor? For those of us lucky to live above the poverty line, it’s hard to imagine. We can read the reports or the research results. However, these documents are written by academics or policy makers who are often outside of the story. As Lynda Laughlin has said, "Every woman has a story. Too few have a safe place to tell it." Thanks to the Wellbeing through Inclusion Socially & Economically (WISE) project, 21 women now have that safe place. This book contains their stories of what it really means to live below the poverty line, and also how and why it happens. There isn’t a lot of happiness in these pages, but readers will find an enormous amount of strength from women that society has tried (and failed) to beat down.