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Title:Women Householders in Harare, Zimbabwe
Author:Schlyter, AnnISNI
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly (ISSN 0747-6108)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
female-headed households
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Urbanization and Migration
Cultural Roles
Family Life
Sex Roles
Women heads of households
urban housing
Harare (Zimbabwe)
Abstract:Drawing on field studies carried out in 1986 and 1987, the author describes the housing opportunities available to women who head households in the Harare urban region (Zimbabwe) and the problems they face in this respect. At the time, housing could be obtained by qualifying for the Harare City Council's waiting list. The waiting list was long, and although women householders were accepted, many found themselves at a disadvantage. Other ways of obtaining access to housing include getting accommodation tied to employment, usually in the form of domestic quarters, squatting, lodging, renting, or living in with parents or relatives. There is one hostel for women, Paget House, but with only 81 beds it is too small to make a significant contribution to the provision of shelter for women in Harare. Women's experience of self-building in Kuwadzana, one of the first site and service areas, twenty kilometres west of Harare urban centre, is presented at some length, as this is the dominating form for the provision of new housing. Bibliogr., sum.