How does austerity affect women's health?

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How does austerity affect women's health?

Time: February 8, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: The Engine Room, London
Street: The Engine Room, Runway East Moorgate, 10 Finsbury Square
City/Town: London EC2A 1AF
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Organized By: The Femedic
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Since 2010, 86% of the burden of austerity has fallen on women, with low-income Black and Asian women affected the most. The reasons for this are much more complex and wide-reaching than the simple fact of the cuts themselves.

Health services, especially the NHS, have seen significant cuts under Tory austerity. From 2015-2016, the public health budget was cut by £200m. Mothers have been particularly badly hit when it comes to losses to income, with cuts to welfare and benefits making it more difficult to get the support they need.

Cuts to and strain upon social care means that people will be more likely to seek care from their community; nearly 60% of carers are women. Not to mention the impact on self-worth, confidence, and mental health of dealing with individual setbacks and also acting as the shock absorber for a family.

In effect, austerity has compounded existing social and economic inequalities.

How do these cuts limit women's potential, and make it difficult for them to get the health care and information they need? How do the cuts to the services themselves affect quality of care? And, most importantly: what can be done at policy, governance, and grassroots levels to best support women?

Join us to discuss the gendered impacts of austerity and what needs to be done to remedy them.

A brief introduction by The Femedic founder Monica Karpinski will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A. Our panellists are:

  • Frances Scott, Founder, 50:50 Parliament

  • Emma Williams, Administrative and Research Officer, Women's Budget Group

  • Kimberly McIntosh, Policy Officer, Runnymeade Trust and Race on the Agenda (ROTA)

  • Sarah Mulindwa, Specialist Sexual Health Nurse, 56 Dean Street

Please note that the room is accessible by lift.

If you are unwaged or on a low income but would like to come, please get in touch by emailing us at

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