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Lacey, Linda & Sinai, Irit (1996). Do Female-Headed Households Have Different Shelter Needs than Men? The Case of Monrovia, Liberia. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 27(1), 89-108.


The United Nations' Habitat Program indicates taht a major proportion of dwellers in squatter settlements in developing countries are women and children, who represent the poorest households (United nations Centre for Human Settlements, 1982). A number of students have documented this phenomenon. In the urban areas of Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, and El Salvador, about 43 to 45 percent of the population are female heads, and in Paraguay and Honduras, one in three women are heads (Lycette and Jaramillo, 1984). Latin American female heads tend to be in the 15 to 44 age range, are poorly educated, and hold low-status formal-sector jobs or work as petty traders or domestic workers in the informal sector.


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Journal of Comparative Family Studies


Lacey, Linda
Sinai, Irit