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Title:Women and Housing Policy in South Africa: A Discussion of Durban Case Studies
Authors:Todes, AlisonISNI
Walker, Norah
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:housing policy
urban planning
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Status of Women
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF03036753
Abstract:Within South Africa debate is emerging about the most appropriate form of housing policy. At a general level, some of the key issues are the level of service provision, the affordability of housing, the conceptualization of family and household within various aspects of policy, the question of positive discrimination in favour of women, and women's participation in the institutions controlling housing. The authors look at these issues from a gender perspective. Their starting point is an analysis and evaluation of women's access to and experience of housing, primarily within three areas in Durban, as supplied through the major delivery systems which have emerged from past and present housing policies, namely public housing (rental and ownership), as in Chesterville, housing developed by the private sector, as in Umlazi Section Z, Phase 8, and informal housing, as in Piesang's River, Inanda. The analysis indicates that State housing policy in the 1980s has had a contradictory and uneven effect on women. From a policy perspective, the analysis highlights the difficulties women confront in the three systems. This points to the complexity of attempting to develop a gender-sensitive housing policy. The article is the text of a paper presented to the Conference on 'Women and shelter: First and Third World perspectives', University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 7-9 May 1992. Bibliogr., notes, ref.