Poverty is a risk factor for poor health, including depression.
Women comprise 70% of the world’s poor
The proportion of women living in poverty is increasing.
Women living in low-income households are at greater risk for depression.
WHO, the World Health Organization, is clear that " economic and social policies that cause sudden, disruptive and severe changes to income, employment and social capital that cannot be controlled or avoided, significantly increase gender inequality and the rate of common mental disorders . "
8. World Health Organization, Department of mental health and substance abuse. Woman's mental health, an evidence based review. Mental health determinants of populations. 2000. http://www.who.int/entity/mental_health/media/en/67.pdf