Document Type

Working Paper

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

This Population Council working paper describes a participatory mapping project undertaken with single-sex groups of grade 5 and grade 8–9 children in urban and rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. At grade 5, female self-defined community areas were equal to or larger in size than those of males in both sites. However, wide gender divergence in access to the public sphere was found among grade 8–9 children. Although curtailed spatial access, especially in urban areas, is intended to protect post-pubescent girls, grade 8–9 girls reported most spaces in their small navigable areas unsafe. Reducing girls’ access to the public sphere does not increase their perceived safety, but may instead limit their access to opportunities for human development.

DOI

doi.org/10.31899/pgy3.1013

Language

English

Project

The Social Context of HIV: The Addressing the Balance of Burden in AIDS (ABBA) Project

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