The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics


Chapter 8 - Poverty

Key findings

Households of lone mothers with young children are more likely to be poor than households of lone fathers with young children.
Women are more likely to be poor than men when living in one-person households in many countries from both the more developed and the less developed regions.
Women are overrepresented among the older poor in the more developed regions.
Existing statutory and customary laws limit women’s access to land and other types of property in most countries in Africa and about half the countries in Asia.
Fewer women than men have cash income in the less developed regions, and a significant proportion of married women have no say in how their cash earnings are spent.
Married women from the less developed regions do not fully participate in intrahousehold decision-making on spending, particularly in African countries and in poorer households.

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Source: Viet Nam Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and others, Results of Nation-wide Survey on the Family in Viet Nam 2006: Key Findings (2008).



Source: EUROSTAT, Living Conditions and Social Protection database online (2009).
Note: Poverty is measured based on national poverty lines defined as 60 per cent of the national median equivalized income.