In 2001 the Scottish Executive published the proceedings of a conference, Researching Women in Rural Scotland which provided a detailed overview of the various issues relevant to women living and working in rural areas. Rurality and poverty impacted upon many women's experiences of accessing affordable housing. Recent work by the Women and Equality Unit refers to the link between domestic violence and homelessness for women across the UK, and, more generally, men and women tend to experience different causes and outcomes of homelessness per se. As women are more likely to be on low incomes, in part-time employment and with lower pensions, they are also likely to have a different experience of access to housing in terms of renting and buying. Understanding that men and women experience housing and homelessness in different ways can help you to mainstream gender into policy and research.