Womanhood and Poverty: Implications, Experiences, Emotions

Womanhood and Poverty: Implications, Experiences, Emotions
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 12:00am to Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 12:00am

Womanhood and Poverty:

Implications, Experiences, Emotions

1st Global Meeting

Call for Participation 2017

A Human Rights and Active Citizenship Project

Friday 7th April – Sunday 9th April 2017

Lisbon, Portugal


“Poverty has a woman’s face”

– Tahira Abdullah


According to United Nations’ WomenWatch, the great majority of the over one billion people struggling with severe poverty across the globe are women. This unequal division of wealth – or in this case, lack thereof – among genders is known as the feminization of poverty. A combination of factors ranging from traditional gender norms, practices and stereotypes to legal barriers preventing women from acquiring wealth in their own name are constantly working towards keeping women statistically poorer than men. This situation is quite evident in some developing countries, where female citizens often have (sometimes formally) restricted access to education and to the labour market, being confined to unpaid domestic and caregiving work and thus highly reliant on men for their survival and prosperity. However, the feminization of poverty also affects developed states, due to issues such as wage gaps, single motherhood or underpaid and undervalued feminized labour sectors.

But what does this female-faced poverty really mean? What does it mean to society as a whole that half of its members make up most of its poor? What does it mean to women everywhere that they are born with a higher risk of becoming poor? What does it mean for the children born and raised by mothers struggling with poverty? And most of all, what does it mean to be a woman and poor?

In an attempt to find some answers to these questions and many others, we invite proposals and presentations from a wide variety of professionals, such as feminist and human rights researchers and activists, members of relevant NGOs, poverty researchers, sociologists and social scientists, psychologists, historians, anthropologists, public administrators and public policy makers, lawyers, educators, social workers, healthcare professionals, economists, members of the business sector, human resources experts, artists, writers, performers, storytellers and more.

Possible presentation topics include (but are not limited to):


Defining and measuring the feminization of poverty.

Establishing implications of the feminization of poverty on micro and/or macro level.

Discussing the causes that lead to unequal distribution of wealth and resources among genders.

Questioning and critically analyzing the concept of feminization of poverty.

Presenting the situation of women struggling with poverty in specific parts of the world.

Providing possible solutions to reduce poverty among women.

Evaluating existing legal framework and/or public policies that affect women’s material situation.

Analyzing the possible connections between gender, ethnicity/ sexual orientation/ age and poverty.

Perspectives on poverty and access to education for women.

Identifying survival mechanisms (emotional, psychological, political, economical, cultural, etc ) that help women cope with poverty.

Interpreting how is poverty perceived different by a woman or a man. Is poverty shaped by gender norms?

Exploring the specific emotions and experiences of women struggling with (past or present) poverty.

Depicting women’s transitions to/from poverty and the emotions and experiences specific to this journey.

Analyzing the relationship between women, emotions and money and how finances can shape their realities and social status.

Qualitative approaches to poverty: How and what do poor women dream in life and what are their struggles regarding the limits that poverty can create in shaping a future.

Generating new interdisciplinary links between poverty and romantic relationships. Is poverty affecting the capacity of love? Is poverty in a couple connected to violence?

Discussing the emotional/ psychological effects that poverty can have on a person’s life and if there are significant differences between genders.

Women, poverty and depression. The psychological struggles and effects of poverty.

Single mothers and their efforts to raise and educate children. What can we learn from them and what political/ social/ economical changes are needed to be made.

The invisible faces of poverty: women and low self esteem.

Analyzing the differences between young/ old women and poverty. How age is affecting women’s economical life (in your community/ country).


Further details and information can be found at the conference website:



Details about our reviewing policy can be found here:



What to Send

300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 28th October 2016.


All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 11th November 2016.

If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 3rd March 2017.


Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled:  Womanhood and Poverty Abstract Submission


Where to Send

Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs:


Organising Chairs:

Andreea Molocea: andreea.molocea@inter-disciplinary.net

Rob Fisher: wap1@inter-disciplinary.net


Conference Outcomes and Outputs

The conferences we organise form a continual stream of conversations, activities and projects which grow and evolve in different directions. The outcomes and ‘outputs’ which can productively flow from these is a dynamic response to the gatherings themselves. And as our meetings are attended by people from different backgrounds, professions and vocations, the range of desirable outcomes are potentially diverse, fluid and appropriate to what took place.

For detailed information on possible outcomes and outputs, please click here. (This will open a new window).

All accepted papers presented at the conference are eligible to be selected for publication in a hard copy paperback volume (the structure of which is to be determined post conference and subject to certain criteria). The selection and review process is outlined in the conference materials. Other publishing options may also become available. Potential editors will be chosen from interested conference delegates.


Additional possible outputs include: paperback volumes; journals; open volume on-line annuals; social media outputs (Facebook pages, blogs, wikis, Twitter and so on); collaboration platforms; reviews; reports; policy statements; position papers; declarations of principles; proposals for future meetings, workshops, courses and schools; proposals for personal and professional development opportunities (cultural cruises, summer schools, personal enrichment programmes, faculty development, mentoring programmes, consultancies); and other options you would like us to consider.



Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.


Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.


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