Working on gender equality in urban areas

Volume 23 Issue 1 March 2015

Hawa and Musra Mohammed outside their single-room home in Mukuru informal settlement, Nairobi, Kenya, March 2014. Credit: Sam Tarling

Hawa and Musra Mohammed outside their single-room home in Mukuru informal settlement, Nairobi, Kenya, March 2014. Credit: Sam Tarling

Gender & Development last focused on urban development almost two decades ago. In our March 2015 issue, we are seeking to update the picture, examining progress in supporting women’s rights and the promotion of gender equality in the context of rapid and continuing urbanisation, enduring patriarchal power relations that result in oppression, abuse and violence, and growing inequality between global elites and the poor and powerless majority. Brand new case studies from practitioners, academics and activists – on topics including participatory methods in urban planning: urban governance and accountability; Safe Cities; and urban livelihoods – make abundantly clear that the voices of women living in urban poverty need to shape policy, both as a matter of social justice, and to ensure sustainable development for humanity.


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Introduction: Working on gender issues in urban areas
Alan Brouder and Caroline Sweetman

Campaigning to save market women’s livelihoods in Hanoi: experience from HealthBridge
Kristie Daniel, Debra Efroymson, Tran Thi KieuThanh Ha, Dinh Dang Hai and Sian Fitzgerald

Safe Cities programming and campaigning in the ActionAid Federation
Christy Abraham, Daphne Jayasinghe, Rachel Noble and Kasia Staszewska

SafetiPin: an innovative mobile app to collect data on women’s safety in Indian cities
Kalpana Viswanath and Ashish Basu

Community mentors as coaches: transforming gender norms through cricket among adolescent males in urban India
Madhumita Das, Ravi Verma, Sancheeta Ghosh, Samantha Ciaravino, Kelley Jones, Brian O’Connor and Elizabeth Miller

Working with legal pluralism: widowhood, property inheritance, and poverty alleviation in urban Senegal
Ruth Evans

Grassroots women’s accountability mechanisms: strengthening urban governance through organising and partnerships
Rachael Wyant and Katarina Spasić

Planning from below: using feminist participatory methods to increase women’s participation in urban planning
Sara Ortiz Escalante and Blanca Gutiérrez Valdivia

ActionAid’s Young Urban Women programme in urban India: taking an intersectional approach to decent work, unpaid care, and sexual and reproductive health and rights
Baishali Chatterjee


Compiled by Liz Cooke
Resources List – Working on gender equality in urban areas

Views, Events and Debates (subscriber-only access)
Edited by Liz Cooke

Book Reviews

Edited by Liz Cooke

Reviewed by Ines Smyth

Gender in Agriculture: Closing the Knowledge Gap
Reviewed by Dennis Aviles

Gender, War and Conflict
Reviewed by Jill Steans

Democracy, Gender, and Social Policy in Russia: A Wayward Society
Reviewed by Joanna Pares Hoare

Gender Perspectives and Gender Impacts of the Global Economic Crisis
Reviewed by Irene van Staveren

Women and Civil Society in Turkey: Women’s Movements in a Muslim Society
Reviewed by Cagla Diner

Gender Integration in NATO Military Forces: Cross-National Analysis
Reviewed by Claire Duncanson

Feminism and Men
Reviewed by Jemma Stringer