BRIDGE Report 54: Urbanisation and urban poverty: a gender analysis

Author: Rachel Masika, Arjan de Haan, Sally Baden
Publication Date: Jan 2011

Urbanisation and urban growth have accelerated in many developing countries in the past few years due to natural population growth and rural-urban migration. The processes of urbanisation have been shaped by gender patterns of migration in each context. Urban planning has focused, to a large extent, on physical and spatial aspects of urban development. However, women face discrimination in access to income and assets, employment, housing, transport and basic services. Urban planning needs to include looking at these areas and taking measures to counter this discrimination.

This resource has now been translated into Polish (by Anna Zachorowska Mazurkiewicz of Feminist Think Tank, Warsaw) and is available at: