Women and Housing: Gender Makes a Difference - Ingrid Westendorp
gender makes a difference
The purpose of this study is to examine how, and to what extent gender may have a negative impact on the realization of women’s right to adequate housing and to discuss ways and means to level this barrier. The right to housing is approached in a holistic manner, and the indivisibility, interdependence, and interrelatedness of all human rights is stressed.
In the first part (Chapter II) an inventory is made of the development of international rules and regulations pertaining to the right to adequate housing since the Second World War. The contents, justiciability, and corollary State obligations are discussed. The focus is on housing as a human right in the framework of the United Nations.
The second part (Chapter III) discusses all kinds of factors that directly or indirectly affect the fulfilment of women’s housing rights. First, the causes of homelessness and inadequate housing are under scrutiny. Next, private law issues such as property rights, legal capacity of women, equality as regards marri...
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