| Women constructing their lives; women constructing workers: four evaluative case studies |
The views in this book are solely those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent the views of UNCHS (Habitat).
This study was undertaken by four women:
Victoria Abankwa, Meera Bapat, Angela Heron and Christianne Chauvet-Urquidi.
Marieke van Geldermalsen and Catalina Hinchey Trujillo provided the terms of reference and general guidance to the researchers. Marieke van Geldermalsen was responsible for content editing and for the introductory summary.
Photos are by the authors of the respective case studies.
Drawings on cover, page 5, 9, 73, 82 and 89 Remedi.
Graphic design by Ineke Duursema, Fotografica Nijmegen The Netherlands.
This document has been published thanks to the support of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate General of International Co-operation
ISBN 92-1 -131323-6
Women in Human Settlements Development Programme
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The Women in Human Settlements Development Programme of UNCHS (Habitat) regularly receives requests to support women's projects in the construction sector. The case studies presented in this volume are meant to evaluate the effectiveness of such projects. Is construction a sector in which women can gain income and independence? Is it worth the effort for women to venture into a sector that is so much associated with men and male values? If so, how can women enter the construction sector, or are the obstacles to entering such a male bastion too large to overcome?
The case studies are from Ghana, India, Jamaica and Mexico and describe how women, both trained and untrained have participated in the construction sector with varying degrees of success and personal fulfillment. They describe the obstacles: from lack of access to training, to unequal pay, to harassment on construction sites.
UNCHS (Habitat) in general, and the Women in Human Settlements Development Programme in particular, will use the findings from these studies to determine what form the Centre's support to women in the construction sector should take. In the meantime, this volume is presented to a wider readership than the Centre with the hope that it will be of use to those planning construction projects and/or involved in increasing and improving women's skills in human settlements related fields.
UNCHS (Habitat) welcomes your views on this subject and invites you to actively join in the search for ways to further the empowerment of women within the human settlements development process.
Dr. Wally N'Dow,
Assistant Secretary General,