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Women and Property in Urban India

Half the world's population now lives in cities. Governments and international development agencies have made housing the urban poor a priority, but few focus on women's needs. Based on research conducted in Ahmedabad in collaboration with the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), this book maps the constraints and opportunities that low-income women throughout the Global South face in securing property, which remains overwhelmingly in male hands. Their experiences and vulnerabilities open a window to assess not only land tenure and property laws but also potential solutions such as microcredit financing and diverse theoretical approaches to gender and development. 

258 pages

Table of Contents

1 Minding the Gap: Gender and Property Ownership

2 Locating Gender and Property in Development Discourse

3 Place Matters: Orientation to Research Location and Context

4 Complicated Lives: Urban Women and Multiple Vulnerabilities

5 Gendered Realities: Property Ownership and Tenancy Relationships

6 Women and Housing Microfinance

7 Partnership Projects for Urban Basic Services

8 Conclusions: Seeing the Forest and the Trees





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