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What Do Women Know about Government Services and Benefits?

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  • Elisabeth Gidengil
  • Dietlind Stolle

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This article examines how much women know about government services and benefits and discusses why this type of knowledge matters. Using data from a survey as well as focus groups conducted in Montreal and Toronto, we show that the women who are most likely to need information about these programs are often the least likely to be aware of them. This is especially true of low-income women, older women, and women who came to Canada as immigrants. We end by suggesting some steps that could be taken to address these knowledge gaps.

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  • Elisabeth Gidengil & Dietlind Stolle, 2012. "What Do Women Know about Government Services and Benefits?," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 38(1), pages 31-54, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:38:y:2012:i:1:p:31-54
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