United Nations poverty and human rights advisor Dr Magdalena Sepúlveda-Carmona visited Hendon to discuss the human rights implications of austerity measures at a recent Middlesex University law debate.
Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Dr Sepúlveda-Carmona was joined on the panel by Middlesex human rights expert Professor Joshua Castellino at the law debate on austerity chaired by Dr Elvira Dominguez Redondo.
During her opening remarks Dr Magdalena Sepúlveda-Carmona said: “The thing that was wrong with austerity is that it was presented as inevitable. The reality is that the negative impact of austerity measures is the result of bad policy choices.
“Women are hit hardest by cuts, in Europe more women work in the public sector, and benefit cuts affect women more than men. Other groups are disproportionally affected by cuts including disabled people and children. There has also been the implementation of regressive tax measure like VAT which carries a bigger burden for the poorest in society.”