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Relationship between children's homelessness in developing countries and the failure of women's rights legislation

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Suzanne Speak


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This paper explores the relationship between women's and children's homelessness in the context of existing rights legislation and cultural attitudes. It argues that children's homelessness cannot be understood in isolation from the economic precariousness of their mothers and their inequality in relation to a range of human rights. The paper draws upon a recent study of homelessness in nine developing countries (Peru, Ghana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Egypt, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and China) to highlight how, despite the adoption and ratification of a raft of protective instruments, political and cultural attitudes place women and children at risk of homelessness. It also highlights some examples of interventions to support women's and children's rights to a safe home. © 2005 Taylor & Francis.

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Author(s): Speak S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Housing, Theory and Society

Year: 2005

Volume: 22

Issue: 3

Pages: 129-146

Print publication date: 01/10/2005

ISSN (print): 1403-6096

ISSN (electronic): 1651-2278

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/14036090510034581


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