Despite gender equality policies at the national level in many African countries, there are persistent gender-based disparities, inequalities and exclusions faced by many women, particularly among low-income urban residents. And while urbanisation may offer greater opportunities for women – for example, in employment, access to services and changes in social and household dynamics – this is not always the case.
Along with climate change and finance, gender is one of the key crosscutting themes being explored throughout ACRC's research into the political economy of urban development in Africa.
In this episode, Rachel Tolhurst – social scientist at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and research director of the ARISE Hub – talks to Elizabeth Dessie about her background in gender, development and health, the politics of gender and equity, and why understanding how gender intersects with other key urban development domains and city systems is central to ACRC's research.
Rachel Tolhurst is co-lead for both ACRC's gender theme and health, wellbeing and nutrition domain.
Elizabeth Dessie is a postdoctoral fellow at ACRC and part of our youth and capability development domain team.
Read more about gender as a crosscutting theme on our blog.
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