Men hit harder by recession
Unemployment and recession are devastating Irish men, according to Finola Bruton. Speaking at The Iona Institute, she highlighted the unemployment rate for Irish men, which is 70% higher than for Irish women (17% versus 10%) and said the education system is failing young men.
“Men seem to be more vulnerable than women in how unemployment affects them,” she said. The National Economic and Social Council should “initiate a study to find out why unemployment is so severely affecting men in this country.”
A recent Evangelical Alliance e-zine shared news of what churches in Mullingar are doing to respond to rising unemployment and the legacy of recession in their area. But what do you think? Is unemployment one of the biggest challenges facing Irish communities today? How should the church respond? What is the impact on men and women in our society?
Share your comments, ideas, suggestions and practical examples of what is possible.