More work for women: a rights-based analysis of women's access to basic services in South Africa
If you would like to obtain a copy of this Research Output, please contact Hanlie Baudin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Africa has a commendable legislative and policy framework for basic services that explicitly recognises historic disadvantage, including gender. Yet, as explored in this article, inadequate access to water and electricity services has a disproportionately negative effect on women. This is because there is a sexual division of labour within most households meaning that, in addition to typically being singly responsible for childcare, washing, cooking and cleaning, women must usually also take on the role of managing water and energy supplies. In this role, women experience multiple obstacles in accessing these goods, related to the
availability, affordability and amount of water and electricity supplied. Analysing such obstacles, this article concludes that, as public services that enter the private realm of the household, water and electricity services are perhaps uniquely resistant to gender-specific legislative and policy recommendations. It suggests that the best way to improve women's access to basic services is
through a socio-economic class analysis, advancing greater access by poor households.
Related Research Outputs:
- Women, culture and inequality: human rights and the feminisation of poverty in South Africa
- Urbanization & women's economic exclusion
- Rural women, HIV and human rights abuses in South Africa: a critical review
- Gender and rurality in southern African contexts: an introduction
- Women in selected rural municipalities: resilience and agency against vulnerabilities to climate change
- Gender, poverty and inequality: exploration from a transformative perspective
- The voices of landless women: fighting racism and sexism
- Whose right it is anyway? equality, culture and conflicts of rights in South Africa
- Women marching into the 21st century: wathint' abafazi, wathint' imbokodo
- Economic status, community danger and psychological problems among South African children
- Gender inequality persists in artisan employment in South Africa
- Book review: Bradby, H. & Hundt, G.L. (eds). 2010. Global perspectives on war, gender and health: the sociology and anthropology of suffering. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing. 157 p. ISBN 9780754675235
- The global debate on multiculturalism and women's human rights in South Africa
- Women's human rights and the "culture" of violence in South Africa
- 'All mouth and no trousers'
- Findings from the nutrition and epidemiology component of the study. Volume III. Phase 1A and 1B: Katse, Matsoku and 'Muela survey
- The role of the chapter 9 institutions in the promotion and protection of gender equality in South Africa
- Teacher education and the challenge of diversity in South Africa
- Masculine bodies, feminine symbols: challenging gendered identities or compulsory femininity?
- Women and integrated development planning: provincial presentation