Topic: Crossing Boundaries: Women in Informal Sector and the Quest for Space Justice
Date: 12th January, 2011
Time: 3.00 pm- 4.30 pm
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room - Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Presenter: Dr Mary Kinyanjui - Senior Research Fellow Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi
Nairobi city harbours formal; informal; indigenous; modern; rich; poor; local and global spaces where goods and services are largely supplied by informal economy actors. In 2006, 1.7 million people worked in the informal economy and in 2010 the number had grown to 2.2 million people. Of the over two million people engaged in Nairobiís informal economy, about 68% of them are women. Women in the informal economy cross boundaries defined first, by their gender and second by the modernist framing of urban forms.
My survey and case studies of women in the informal economy in Nairobi illuminate the complexity of urban dynamics and the womenís creative navigation of these dynamics to realize varied aspirations. The women not only cross contour lines separating different spatial urban forms but also use strategies, technologies and ideations. Border crossing impacts on social spatial dynamics including space justice. The paper suggests that womenís resilience and aspirations in the quest for space justice be harnessed into a new social movement that will enhance social-spatial dynamics in Nairobi.
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