EAPN announced that on 29 January we will hold an online conference “Covid19 supercharging poverty” – data and experiences from the ground, hosted by MEPs Cindy Franssen and Marisa Matias. The EU Poverty Watch report will be launched with this event.
The EAPN Poverty Watch Reports do not attempt to provide a comprehensive academic report on poverty. They start from the reality of people experiencing poverty and the perspectives of the NGOs that support and work with them: our 31 EAPN national networks and 13 European Organization members. Their main objectives are to:
- To monitor key trends and policy on poverty and social exclusion in Europe
- To raise awareness about priority issues and impact/reality for people experiencing poverty
- To propose concrete recommendations backed by example and evidence
IFSW Europe contributed to the Poverty Watch Report.
IFSW Europe has a focus on the role of social work and social care. Human rights and social justice are critical in any social workers thinking and actions. Social workers often advocate on behalf people requiring social protection and assistance and see first-hand the impact of Covid-19 on access to social services and people facing poverty and inequality. Social workers work in communities with people to find positive ways forward in the challenges they face in their lives.
Main priorities mentioned by IFSW Europe:
- Adequate social protection for all
- Provide adequate social housing for all and combat homelessness
- Invest in community and relationship-based services
- Include Social Services in Principle 20 of the European Pillar of Social Rights – Access to services
- Address low status; increase wages; and improve working conditions for workers providing essential services
- Enable digital and technical access for all
- Implementation of the Child Guarantee to support children and parents in the short and long-term including access to social services
- Maintain people’s rights
- Fair access to resources for refugees and migrants
- Improve access and increase funding for universal, quality health and social services