Browse themes
About publications

Information for 10629IIED

The benefits and constraints of urbanization for gender equality

Cecilia Tacoli

Briefing, 6 pages

Urbanization is often associated with greater independence and opportunity for women. But
in many cities, there are also high risks of violence and constraints on employment, mobility and leadership that
reflect deep gender-based inequalities. Among the key issues explored in this Brief are:
• where and when urban women enjoy advantages over their rural counterparts;
• community savings schemes that build women’s leadership and support upgrading of informal settlements;
• how transport planning fails to respond to women’s travel needs;
• how urban contexts can both reduce and increase gender-based violence;
• how income and ideology influence women’s decision-making in rural and urban areas, drawing on research
in Nicaragua;
• the changes in women’s participation in labour markets in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the tensions this can
generate within households;
• what was learnt from a project working with girls and boys with disabilities in Mumbai, India; and
• the particular roles of women in seeking to get better services for their low-income/informal neighbourhoods in
Bengalaru, India.

Publication information

Download and Sharing

Free PDF 370k

Share with your network: