A Home in the City: Women's Struggle to Secure Adequate Housing in Urban Tanzania

142 Pages Posted: 23 May 2011

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Katherine Hughes

Fordham University School of Law

Elisabeth Wickeri

Fordham University - Leitner Center/Fordham Law School

Date Written: May 15, 2011

Abstract

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 rights, women's rights, urbanization, urbanisation, Tanzania, Africa, World Bank, public-private partnership, overcrowding, migration, colonialism

Suggested Citation

Hughes, Katherine and Wickeri, Elisabeth, A Home in the City: Women's Struggle to Secure Adequate Housing in Urban Tanzania (May 15, 2011). Fordham International Law Journal, Vol. 34, No. 4, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1842392 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1842392

Katherine Hughes (Contact Author)

Fordham University School of Law ( email )

140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
United States

Elisabeth Wickeri

Fordham University - Leitner Center/Fordham Law School ( email )

140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
United States

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