With a population of 370,000, Brno, the second largest city in the Czechia, is located in the South Moravia region.
The city is an important administrative centre and home to the judiciary and various state organizations. Generally, the areas in the south-east of the country experience relatively low poverty rates.
However, this does not apply to all families. Many children and young people continue to grow up in poverty and need extra support so families can prosper.
Since 2003, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Brno.
Roma communities constitute around 1-3% of the Czech population. They face ethnic discrimination and unofficial segregation in the country. Unemployment rates for excluded communities, most of whom are Roma, is around 85%.
In addition, 35% of children attending special classes are Romani.
This social exclusion of children not only limits their integration, but also their education and future prospects.
Czechia has one of the highest gender-pay gaps in Europe, with women earning on average 22% less than men. In addition, only 64% of women are in paid work, compared to 79% of men.
Of single-parent households, around 90% are headed by women. With low wages in Czechia, single parents, especially women, are threatened by income poverty.
As a result, children in these families live precariously on the margins of society, in, or at risk of falling into poverty, where their basic needs can no longer be met.