Re-housing the urban poor: looking at women first

Publication year: 
1991

This paper considers the suitability of a housing project in Cordoba, Argentina for poor women-headed households. The project was designed to rehouse squatters who occupied land needed for public works. The paper considers the planning and the implementation of this project and examines the extent to which women-headed households participated in the project, documenting a considerable number of "hidden" women headed households. The objectives of the research were to make women and their needs visible, and to contribute towards developing a greater understanding of how women are affected by social housing policies directed at the poor urban sectors. Research methods used include interviews with women heads of households and key informants. The paper concludes with recommendations on how housing and human settlements policies can become gender-aware.

Interest groups: 
This article may be of help to urban planners and policy makers.
Source publication information
Journal Title: 
Environment and Urbanisation
Volume: 
3(2)
Pages: 
23-38
Holdings: 
IIED JT4