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Title:The Political Economy of Household Environmental Management: Gender, Environment and Epidemiology in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area
Authors:Songsore, Jacob
McGranahan, Gordon
Year:1998
Periodical:World Development
Volume:26
Issue:3
Period:March
Pages:395-412
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:gender relations
environment
households
Urbanization and Migration
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health and Nutrition
Labor and Employment
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
economics
Family Life
urbanization
Politics and Government
Sex Roles
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-750X(97)10067-5
Abstract:In many low-income cities, including the capital of Ghana, Accra, environmental problems in and around the home impose an enormous burden, particularly on women, children and the elderly. Practical strategies are needed to assist women in diminishing or transcending the environmental hazards associated with their traditional roles. In this article the authors examine the gender dimension of local environmental management in Accra, relating this in turn to household wealth and the environmental hazards children face. They provide a qualitative account of the gender division of labour in and around the home, based on in-depth interviews and group discussions conducted in five low-income Accra neighbourhoods in the mid-1990s, and a quantitative analysis of some of the environmental risks and the possible health effects facing women and children, based on data from a much broader sample survey conducted in 1991-1992. The findings help to explain why women have reason to be sceptical of government-led improvement efforts, particularly in those areas where they ought to benefit most from better conditions. Bibliogr., notes, sum.
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