Report – Vulnerable, single and living in poverty: Women’s challenges to accessing food in the Australian Capital Territory

Report – Vulnerable, single and living in poverty: Women’s challenges to accessing food in the Australian Capital Territory

26 November 2018

This report examines the challenges of food accessibility faced by vulnerable women living in the Australian Capital Territory and surrounds.

This report is published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 

This report presents findings of a study undertaken in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), exploring vulnerable women’s experiences of food insecurity.

The report discusses the challenges vulnerable women face in accessing food, including: 

  • financial stresses
  • low income and employment
  • low education
  • gender power inequalities
  • single parent household status 
  • exposure to psychosocial difficulties, such as homelessness and family violence. 

The report found that access to safe, nutritious and healthy food is difficult for women living in poverty. It argues that it is the responsibility of all stakeholders within our food system to address current inequities regarding adequate food access.

Access the report via the Analysis and Policy Observation website.

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