The Consequences Of Child Poverty

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Child poverty is not only referring to the phenomenon of children living in poverty, but also experiencing deprivation of the material, spiritual and emotional resources needed to survive, develop and thrive, leaving them unable to enjoy their rights, achieve their full potential or participate as full and equal members of society (United Nations, 2007). It seems to be the situation happening in the developing countries. However, children from developed countries as New Zealand are also suffering from poverty. Based on the data provided by Child Poverty Monitor, 295,000 Kiwi kids live in households with low income (2016). It is a urgent problem for our future generations as living in poverty may have strong influence on their future. This…show more content…
However, families living in poverty do not have a clean environment to provide for their sick children, so this very common disease may cause death. Secondly, discrimination also has strong influences on child poverty. Based on the data provided by Stats NZ, 2.3% of New Zealanders experience racial discrimination in employment. Pacific, Māori and Asian peoples are more likely to experience racial discrimination in the workplace than the rest of New Zealanders (2012). This situation can be referred with child poverty as over almost 50% children in New Zealand living in poverty are Maori. The hardship rates of them are twice or three times higher than other groups, so they are more likely to live in overpopulated community and are more likely to be admitted to hospital due to attempt, disregard or ill-treatment (Dyer, 2012). Thus, discrimination is also a strong factor of child poverty. Furthermore, the consequence of discrimination cannot be ignored; the marginalized minority group may be denied basic rights to citizenship, such as access to employment, access to education and access to fundamental living in general. In addition, government forces also play a significant role in the group’s limited access to resource, partly because of unfairness, violent and sometimes abusive treatments of the group solely based on religion and ethnicity (Sewidan, 2015). The discrimination observed in NZ has pushed the marginalized
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