Is housing a human rights? For those who are adequately housed this question rarely arises. As with many who find themselves inadequately housed, the Karnataka State Slum Dwellers Federation struggle for land and shelter was waged within a human rights framework. At several of the workshops I attended groups of remarkable women told their story of overcoming bureaucratic obstacles and cultural barriers to acquire access to land and built their own housing.
Other speakers highlighted the gender sensitive approach of this practice and discussed the health issues that are addressed through adequate housing. Indeed recognition of housing issues as central to individual and community wellbeing is crucial in a social model of health.