Global institutions acknowledge that grassroots women are essential partners in development.
But, too often they are still seen as clients and beneficiaries of public services instead of participants in service delivery and leaders in government. To reverse these assumptions, the Governance Campaign enables women to be effective participants in the development of their communities.
Grassroots women use their practical knowledge of family and community to contribute to policies and programs which are both realistic and effective.
Grassroots women participating in the Campaign are deepening democratic practice at the local, national and international levels. They do this by organizing community priorities and concerns, monitoring the effectiveness of local initiatives, discouraging corruption, working in collaboration and partnership with local authorities and introducing their own development solutions.
The current global political climate presents unprecedented opportunities for the inclusion of women's voices in decision-making processes. However, the harsh reality is that many institutions and governments remain closed to the formal inclusion of grassroots women's contributions and experiences.
What we do
The Huairou Commission works with Governance Campaign members by:
- Supporting women's groups to build capacity and skills to participate in and influence decision-making at the local, municipal, national and global levels
- Bridging the gap between grassroots women and local leaders and authorities to sustain women in leadership, increase government accountability and create platforms for communities to set policy and resource priorities
- Creating learning platforms and resources to exchange lessons and experiences in participating at the local level, negotiating with local leaders and authorities
- Supporting grassroots women's leadership and skills development to influence and hold decision-making positions - both informal and formal
How We Work
The Governance Campaign is a cross-cutting Campaign of the Huairou Commission, drawing from experiences and lessons from the AIDS, Community Resilience and Land and Housing Campaigns.