Date of Award

5-2010

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Geography

First Advisor

Dr. David S. Lemberg

Second Advisor

Dr. David Dickason

Third Advisor

Dr. Benjamin Ofori-Amoah

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

In the past decade, slums in the developing nations have gained greater attention throughout the world. Several countries adopted different models for slum redevelopment, which have had little success in the long-run. However, in majority of slum redevelopment plans, the involvement of women has always been neglected. Women largely experience the worst of the sub-human living condition in the slums, and are more affected by lack of infrastructure and services in the slums.

This study is based on the fieldwork completed in the slums in the city of Jaipur, India in 2009, which included interviewing women in slums, and representatives from government and non-government organizations. The research has revealed various reasons supporting the view that women's participation is crucial to slum redevelopment. The thesis examines the different ways in which the women living in the slums may contribute to better planning and execution of slum redevelopment plans, and women's empowerment plays key role in that.

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