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Homeless women, particularly those who are single, are more vulnerable to physical violence and sexual abuse on the streets than other groups. They are also more likely to live with their children and are often induced to take up unsafe and insecure jobs, such as in prostitution and drug networks, in exchange for physical protection and food.

The needs of homeless women have not been addressed by social policies.  Delhi, for instance, has nearly 300 homeless shelters.  Only a handful are for single women.  One reason is because women  comprise a minority of the street homeless population. Delhi surveys estimate that about 10% of the city's homeless are women.   

Still, policies that include women's shelters, access to legal justice and child care services should be in place.

IHRN is commited to research on gender-specific causes and deprivations of homelessness to address this gap.

Topics posted in Gender:

Research & Reports

Migration and the Urban Question in Mumbai

Authors: Manish K. Jha, Pushpendra, Mouleshri Vyas, Ritambhara Hebbar, Mahuya Bandyopadhyay and Simpreet Singh

Research & Reports

Experiencing Homelessness: the Case of a Women's Shelter Near Jama Masjid, Delhi

Author: Kanchan Gandhi

Title: Experiencing Homelessness - the Case of a Women's Shelter Near Jama Masjid, Delhi

Publication: Localities

Publication Date: 2015 

citation: Gandhi, K. ‘Experiencing homelessness: a case of a women’s shelter near Jama Masjid, Delhi,’ Localities, KRI, Pusan


Research & Reports

Cities, Rural Migrants & the Urban Poor - Migration and the Urban Question in Kolkata

Authors: Kaustabh Mani Sengupta, Iman Mitra and Debarti Bagchi

Research & Reports

The Unsung CityMakers: A Study of the Homeless Residents of Delhi

Authors: Dhananjay Tingal, Vijay Pande and Shahana Chaudhry

Editors: Joseph Sebastian and Indu Prakash Singh

Editorial Assitantance: Nimret Bhinder and Kirti Mishra

Publication: Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS)

Publication Date: March 2012

Research & Reports

Homeless Deaths on the Streets

Authors: Harsh Mander and Smita Jacob

Research & Reports

Better to Have Died than to Live Like This

Author: Kalyani Menon-Sen

Research & Reports

The Capital's Homeless

Author:  Aashray Adhikar Abhyiyan

Title: The Capital’s Homeless – A Preliminary Study

Publication: Aashray Adhikar Abhyian

Publication Date: 2001