Gender, Cities, and the Millennium Development Goals

in the Global South (2007)

Chant, Sylvia
LSE Gender Institute, New Series Working Paper, Issue 21, London, 79 pp
Abstract

Despite a dedicated Millennium Development Goal for ‘promoting gender equality and empowering women’, and popular rhetoric around the fulfilment of MDG 3 as a prerequisite for achieving all other seven goals, there has been widespread criticism on the part of feminists of their limited scope to address gender inequalities in the Global South. Suggestions have been made by the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Education and Gender Equality to improve the gender-responsiveness of the MDGs. Drawing on recent research on the ‘feminisation of poverty’ in Africa, Asia and Latin America and on the wider literature on gender in cities, this paper reflects on the potential of selected MDGs and their proposed revisions for reducing inequalities among poor urban women and men in the 21st century.

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Children in Female-Headed Households (2007)

Interrogating the Concept of an ‘Inter-Generational Transmission of Disadvantage’ with Particular Reference to The Gambia, Philippines and Costa Rica

Chant, Sylvia
in LSE Gender Institute, New Series Working Paper, Issue 19, London, 107 pp

Suggestions for gender-sensitive policies to help ensure that children in all poor households are guaranteed equality in basic needs and rights.

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Poverty Begins at Home? (2007)

Questioning Some (Mis)Conceptions About Children, Poverty and Privation in Female-headed Households

Chant, Sylvia
Background paper prepared for UNICEF Report on the State of the World’s Children 2007 (UNICEF: New York), 69 pp.

a mounting body of evidence from different parts of the Global South suggests that household headship is not a good predictor of the start that children have in life, nor of their trajectories into adolescence and adulthood. While risks to children’s well-being may arise through discriminatory or hostile attitudes towards female-headed households in society at large, gender dynamics within male-headed units can be just as prejudicial in this regard

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Women and health – poor women in cities suffer most

Chant, Sylvia (2007)
Habitat Debate, 13:4, 7 Abbreviated report by UN-Habitat of my paper Addressing Gender Inequalities in Cities of the South: What Role for the Millennium Development Goals?’,  prepared for UNU-WIDER conference ‘Beyond the Tipping Point: Development in an Urban World’, LSE, October 2007

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Contributions of a Gender Perspective to the Analysis of Poverty

Chant, Sylvia (2007)
in George Tsobanoglou (ed.) Koinoniki Anaptixi kai Koinotiki Synohi: Koinoniologikes Porspegkiseis (Social Development and Community Cohesion: Sociological Approaches
(Papazis Publications:Athens), pp.255-95.
(Greek translation of chapter by same name in Jane Jaquette and Gale Summerfield (eds) Women and Gender Equity in Development Theory and Practice: Institutions, Resources and Mobilisation
(Duke University Press: Durham, North Carolina), pp.87-106, 2006).

Female Household Headship, Privation and Power: Challenging the ‘Feminisation of Poverty’ Thesis’

Chant, Sylvia (2007)
in George Tsobanoglou (ed.) Koinoniki Anaptixi kai Koinotiki Synohi: Koinoniologikes Porspegkiseis (Social Development and Community Cohesion: Sociological Approaches
(Papazis Publications:Athens), pp.157-212.
(Greek translation of chapter by same name in Patricia Fernández Kelly and Jon Shefner (eds), Out of the Shadows: Political Action and the Informal Economy in Latin America, Penn State University Press: Philadelphia, pp.125-63, 2006).

The Formation of Female-headed Households in Mexican Shantytowns

Chant, Sylvia (2007)
in Denise Segura and Patricia Zavella (eds), Women and Migration in the US-Mexico Borderlands
(Duke University Press: Durham, North Carolina), pp.360-8
(Reprinted, abridged version of article originally published in Development and Change Vol. 16, No.4, pp.635-56, 1985).

Dangerous Equations? How Women-headed Households Became the Poorest of the Poor: Causes, Consequences and Cautions

Chant, Sylvia (2007)
in Andrea Cornwall, Elizabeth Harrison and Ann Whitehead (eds) Feminisms in Development: Contadictions, Contestations and Challenges
(Zed: London), pp.35-47.

Género en Latinoamérica

Chant, Sylvia in association with Craske, Nikki (2007)
Publicaciones de la Casa Chata: México DF, 514pp.

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Gender, Generation and Poverty (2007)

Exploring the ‘Feminisation of Poverty’ in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Chant, Sylvia
Edward Elgar: Cheltenham/Northampton MA. 448 pp.

‘Book of the month’, Elgar’s Politics, Public and Social Policy website, June 2007. Nominated for Peter Townsend Policy Prize, December 2010.

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