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Title:Women and landed property in urban India: Negotiating closed doors and windows of opportunity PDF Logo
Authors:Baruah, Bipasha
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Working paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2010,56
Abstract:This paper examines land tenure in informal urban settlements in India from a gender perspective through field research conducted in Ahmedabad in collaboration with the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA). The author describes the formal and informal tenure arrangements that were in place in these settlements and analyses their implications for women. She proceeds to raise key issues that need consideration in developing a gender-equitable vision of urban land rights, tenure and reform. These include more widely established issues such as tenuous inheritance rights of daughters and the challenges of securing joint property titles for married women as well as emerging issues such as the obstacles faced by slum-dwelling rentees, the largely unsubstantiated fears of gentrification and market eviction associated with tenure security, and the legal and practical challenges of translating the 'right of residence' into the 'right of ownership'. In each case, the author also draws out policy recommendations for redressing the discrepancies in women's ownership of urban land and housing in India.
Subjects:women
landed property
cities
India
South Asia
JEL:H53
J61
R23
ISBN:978-92-9230-293-1
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Working Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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