Women and girls often experience their lives in slums very differently from men or boys. They are much more exposed to gender-based violence. They face a higher vulnerability to unsafe public spaces and the lack of essential infrastructure, like sanitation facilities. Even a basic need, like getting to the toilet, could cause serious danger for a woman or a girl.
Moreover, women often have less power to ensure their rights are upheld, even though it is often the women who are the main bread-winners of the family, while also taking care of the housework and attending to family members. This translates into more fragile livelihoods as women have more difficult access to credit and finance, an unequal position in the labour market and a limited ability to secure assets independently from male relatives. Poverty is therefore often feminized. In 89 countries with available data, there are 4.4 million more women then men living on less then US$ 1.90 a day.
In the process of fast urbanisation, it is crucial for cities to provide inclusiveness. Women and girls must be fully integrated into cities’ economic, social, political and cultural lives.
Securing gender equality and human rights falls under these SDGs:
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. All countries and stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, are starting to implement this plan. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets demonstrate the scale and ambition of this Agenda, which balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.