Domestic solid waste management practices in an informal settlement: A gendered perspective


  • Willy Mwangi Kenyatta University
  • Elishiba Kimani Kenyatta University
  • Grace Okong’o Kenyatta University
  • Christine Majale Kenyatta University


gender, management, participation, socialization, waste


This study aimed at investigating the practices of men and women in the management of domestic solid waste in Kiandutu Informal Settlement in Kiambu County, Kenya. The consideration of men and women is paramount because a community is made up of the two genders each displaying different characteristics, perceptions and behaviour towards a similar situation. The study was guided by the Social Context Theory and Identity Theory. The findings reveal that gendered socialization processes played a big role in men’s and women’s daily encounter with domestic solid waste. The domestic solid waste practices exhibited were gendered and being regulated by socio-cultural and environmental factors. Men and women were found to engage in various solid waste management practices but motivated by different factors that had a gender connotation. The study therefore suggests that strategic gendered interventions are a prerequisite to effective management of domestic solid waste particularly in the informal settlement where solid waste management equipment and infrastructure are limited.


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How to Cite

Mwangi, W., Kimani, E., Okong’o, G., & Majale, C. (2021). Domestic solid waste management practices in an informal settlement: A gendered perspective. International Journal of Research and Scholarly Communication, 4(2). Retrieved from