Huairou Update February 10, 2012 - Special Edition

Grassroots Women Monitor Progress of UN Women | Consultations, Advisement and Partnership


The Huairou Commission (HC), as a member of the GEAR Campaign (Gender Equality Architecture Reform), is proud to be a supporter of the development of UN Women and particularly pleased with the commitment Michelle Bachelet has made to the involvement of grassroots women throughout the world. We understand that creating an agency that addresses all women's interests and needs equitably is an immense undertaking, and we are dedicated to doing our part to support its ongoing evolution.


The upcoming 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women provides an important opportunity for women to come together and assess the progress that has been made so far in the implementation of UN Women's programs, and to review how consultative, advisory, and partnership strategies are taking shape on the ground in different countries across the world.  The Huairou Commission particularly believes that the advancement of UN Women depends greatly on its accessibility to and involvement of women at the grassroots level. Further, it is the responsibility of civil society and other organizations to monitor and evaluate the implementation of its programs at global, national and regional offices as well as the structure for facilitating involvement with civil society.


To initiate a process of reflection in preparation for the CSW, the Huairou Commission is distributing questionnaires to our CSW delegation and other HC members and supporters. This questionnaire is designed to assess the responsiveness of local UN Women offices in engaging with their constituencies. We encourage everyone in our global network to review the status of UN Women in their own contexts, particularly in terms of consultative, advisory, and partnership strategy implementation, in order to come to the CSW prepared to engage in a productive dialogue with national governments.


The Huairou Commission looks forward to the CSW as an opportunity for women to participate in strengthening a credible international agency that makes a difference in the lives of women worldwide and to take seriously our responsibility to shape it into the kind of global women's agency we want it to be.


Download the questionnaire on the status of UN Women as a PDF file. 



2012 World Indigenous Housing Conference Abstracts | Deadline February 29

The call for abstracts for the World Indigenous Housing Conference (WIHC) has been extended to February 29, 2012.

Representatives from Huairou Commission member organization GROOTS Kenya will be attending the forum, which will take place from June 11-15, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. WIHC is the first international forum to build a global network and showcase Indigenous cultures by bringing together Indigenous housing leaders, government officials, researchers, and corporate leaders from around the world. The conference is hosted by the Aboriginal Housing Management Association, and will focus on the themes of sharing stories, governance and capacity building, government partnerships, housing as a determinant of health, and disaster preparedness and response.

For more information and to register for the conference, please visit

You can download abstract submission guidelines here.


Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment | Deadline March 31


The final submission deadline is March 30, 2012 for the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment (DIABP). Sponsored by UN Habitat and the Dubai Municipality, this global award recognizes projects resulting in the improvement of the living conditions of urban dwellers on the basis of mutual international cooperation. 


The award is open to governments and local authorities, NGOs, community based organizations, research and academic institutions, public and private foundations, the media, and individuals. Twelve submissions will be recognized in October 2012. Each winning best practice receives U.S. $30,000, a trophy and a commemorative certificate, as well as travel for up to two people to attend the award ceremony. 


Visit the UN-HABITAT website for more information and submission guidelines


An online submission form to make the process more accessible and transparent is available by visiting and clicking the "Submit a Best Practice" button at the top of the page.  It can be filled out online using any browser that supports HTML5.




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