The recent economic crisis impacts on the lives of individuals and families and redefines roles, behavior patterns, expectations and individual strategies. Among the theoretical constructs to understand the transformations underway in the Mediterranean welfare, the theme ‘gender’ it appears not yet examined. As a broad and multidisciplinary literature shows, poverty is not gender neutral, but it is also studied and addressed on the basis of intrafamily dynamics and inclusion in the labor market. The article deals with the issue of female poverty and presents a research carried out in the Roman territory. The study - focused on the experimentation of the social card and conducted through qualitative approach - questions the ways in which gender specificities are considered and addressed by social interventions.
Keywords: Poverty; Social Card; Gender Sensitiveness; Social Interventions; Mediterranean Welfare.