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Minister Artolazabal: "The Basque Homeless Strategy adopts a gender perspective to take into account the specific needs of women"

2018 June 1
  • Women who sleep on the street are exposed to greater risk situations; 20% say they have suffered sexual aggression
  • 49% of the women surveyed have suffered insults or threats; 45% theft of money or belongings; and 30% physical aggression
  • Deusto: inauguration of the day 'Good practices of accompaniment to women in situations of social exclusion'

 

Bilbao, 2018 VI 01

Beatriz Artolazabal, Minister of Employment and Social Policies of the Basque Government, highlights the “special vulnerability of women in situations of severe residential exclusion”. The minister recalled that "the Basque Strategy for the Homeless 2018-2021 adopts a gender perspective to take into account the specific needs of women."

The Minister (“Sailburu” in basque language) has participated in the Seminar 'Good practices of accompaniment to women in a situation of social exclusion' organized by Bizitegi, the Deusto University and the Basque Government.

The Minister recalled the results of the last night count, held on the night of October 26-27, 2016: a total of 2,009 homeless people were located in Euskadi. Of these, 504 - 25.1% - were women. 21 of these women were sleeping, that day, on the street. "Homeless women have a greater degree of social exclusion, and a more serious level of deterioration, from the point of view of health and personal relationships, than the male population" Mrs. Artolazabal insisted.

The data obtained in this count, indicate that 20% of women who have ever slept on the street claim to have suffered sexual assault, compared to 2% of men. In addition, up to 49% of women say they have suffered insults or threats; 45% have experienced theft of money or belongings; and 30% physical aggression. “Data”, in the opinion of the Minister Beatriz Artolazabal, "very worrying."

To address this reality, the recent Basque Strategy for Homeless People devotes an axis to strengthening the gender perspective in prevention policies and addressing residential exclusion, with five specific guidelines.

 

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