What About The Men? An APHRC Study Examines Expression of Masculinity In Nairobi’s Slums.
In a world where research on gender often focuses on women, few have tasked themselves with evaluating the plight of the under-privileged African slum-man. Inresponse to the urgent and overdue need for a more critical look at the boys and men who live in poor urban communities of Africa,
a new study conducted by APHRC looks at the impact of living in Nairobi’s urban informal settlements on male residents.
Today’s sub-Saharan African ‘slum-man’ seems to be plagued with several problems and has a hard time proving his capabilities in society. New research by APHRC has found that men living in slums are plagued with health and social problems many of which stem from unemployment and other social pressures characterizing the slum environment. As the MDGs 2015 countdown approaches and we evaluate how the lives of urban slum
dwellers have changed—we need to start the conversation about how the male segment of the urban slum population is faring.