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Women and the Right to Adequate Housing

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

The right to adequate housing is clearly recognized in international human rights law, including in the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. Yet over a billion people live in slums and informal settlements and an additional 100 million are homeless, with women particularly affected. This publication provides an overview of the meaning, intent, and implications of the human right to adequate housing, and illustrates obstacles to women worldwide enjoying this right effectively. Its aim is to shed light on the main obstacles to women’s full enjoyment of the right to adequate housing and offer guidance on preventing and eradicating discrimination against women in housing rights.