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Stigma, Shame and Poverty: How can we change the toxic narrative on poverty?
October 6, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Living on a low income can mean many things: skipping meals to make sure your children don’t have to; working long hours in low paid jobs with little security; paying too much for sub-standard housing. But all too often at the heart of the experience of poverty is a sense of stigma and shame. People living on low incomes are humiliated and shamed in parts of the media, are made to feel not part of society, and seen as irresponsible and dependent.
This toxic and shaming narrative is reinforced by public policy, often policy supposedly designed to help people living on low incomes. If we want to tackle poverty and change the policies that help create it, then we also need to change the narrative around poverty.
As part of Challenge Poverty Week we are hosting this online discussion to look at why the narrative around poverty is so important and how we can go about changing it. Mary O’Hara, journalist and author, will be talking about her latest book The Shame Game: Overturning the Toxic Poverty Narrative. She will be joined by Nat Kendall-Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of the Frameworks Institute, who has led on ground breaking research on the public understanding of poverty in the UK.
Our discussion will cover what the impact of this shaming narrative can be on people on low incomes, how we can practically begin to tell a different story about poverty. We will also look at what the impact of the coronavirus may mean for the re-framing discussions about poverty.
We are pleased to offer the first 50 registrations for this webinar a free ebook of Mary O’Hara’s the Shame Game. Please register now – this is a very time limited offer.