In which ways will IAPS 2017 be significantly different from other symposia?

Dr. Tatu Limbumba reflects on gender based experiences and environmental change

The IAPS symposium will provide an opportunity for participants to experience and see the survival strategies of women in Dar es Salaam. 100% of the city’s sweepers are women – young and old – who earn a living by keeping the roads clean. During the Symposium we will address the resilience of women in the face of hardships and the additional burden caused by frequent flooding events. IAPS 2017 participants will not only have a chance to discuss these issues but will see and experience them during our planned visits.

As the largest city in Tanzania with a population of over 4 million (the second largest city Mwanza has a population of about 2.7 million); Dar es Salaam attracts many migrants from the regions. There has been an increase in female migrants as well as an increase of female-headed households currently the estimated at 34.8%. Assuming two roles of economic provider and nurturer is a challenge. Transformations in the built-environment; climate change impacts and urban poverty greatly impact on their everyday lives.

Dr. Tatu Limbumda is a long-standing IAPS member having participated since 2006 at the IAPS young Researcher Workshop in Alexandria. Now she is Head of Department at the Institute of Human Settlements Studies at Ardhi University.