A Home in the City: Women's Struggle to Secure Adequate Housing in Urban Tanzania
142 Pages Posted: 23 May 2011
Date Written: May 15, 2011
This Report represents the culmination of a year-long project undertaken by the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham University School of Law to study women’s access to adequate housing in urban Tanzania and their experiences of informal settlements in light of Tanzania’s international commitments. Despite national and local government efforts, both independently and via international partnerships with such entities as the World Bank and UN-HABITAT, Tanzanian women continue to fight for access to adequate housing in the face of discriminatory inheritance laws, an entrenched patriarchal culture, and pervasive domestic violence, among multiple other discriminatory practices. This battle is taking place in Tanzania’s rapidly growing cities, where women disproportionately suffer the unhealthy and often dangerous consequences of informal settlements.
Keywords: housing, informal settlements, urban settlements, urban areas, migration, urban growth, urbanization, urbanisation, Africa, African urbanization, Tanzania, women's rights, housing rights, international human rights law, right to adequate housing, right to housing
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