Through a participatory process developed in 2008, Huairou Commission and its member groups and facilitating NGOs of the Women's Land Link Africa (WLLA)- a Pan-African platform on land and property rights- are pleased to announce the publication of Our Justice, Our Leadership: The Grassroots Women's Community Justice Guide. This guide is a culmination of four years of work by grassroots women's groups and networks. They have pioneered and tested a series of strategies to promote women's empowerment and protect and safeguard their rights, including the creation of community watch dog groups and community paralegals. Special thanks to those who provided tremendous inputs to the validation of this Guide, including Fati Alhassan, Joyce Nangobi, Juliana Meskwe, Esther Mwaura, Florence Shakafuswa and Violet Shivutse. Written in collaboration with Pamela Ransom and Joyce Brown; members of the Women’s Land Link Africa initiative and Chigozie Udemezue; and Nicole Ganzekaufer, Erica Reade, Raina Clark, Birte Scholz, Jan Peterson, Gloria Gallant, and Katia Araujo at the Huairou Commission. This publication was made possible in part by funding from an anonymous donor. Editors: Joyce Brown, Gloria Gallant, and Birte Scholz Collaborating editor and desktop publisher: David Dunn (mirrorcommunication.com) Artistic consultant and illustrator: Madhuvanti Anantharajan (firstname.lastname@example.org) Produced by: Huairou Commission
This action research, conducted by the Community Practitioners Platform for Resilience in seven Asian countries, is an effort to capture the voices of community leaders and bring the resilience priorities of poor, disaster-prone communities into debates that will shape the new policy frameworks on disaster risk reduction to be launched in 2015. As policymakers prepare to renew their commitment to sustainable, resilient development in 2015, the views of various stakeholder groups are being sought through a series of global, regional and national consultative processes. For the most part, however, members of poor, disaster-prone neighbourhoods worst affected by natural hazards and climate change are absent from these consultations. Yet, it is these communities whose survival and wellbeing will be most affected by the policies and programmes that emerge from these debates. As their location, economic conditions and socio-political marginalisation render them highly vulnerable to the ill-effects of disasters, climate change and development failures, organised groups of poor women and men have been steadily evolving innovative strategies to protect their lives, livelihoods and homes from destruction. It is essential, therefore, that new agendas aimed at transforming the lives of the poor and marginalised take note of what poor people themselves have to say in this regard and recognise the leadership they have shown in advancing disaster and climate resilience.
Corruption is global phenomenon and a major obstacle to development and economic growth in the global South. Although it affects all social classes and groups, women (and poor women in particular) are among the most affected. In order to better understand corruption from the perspective of women at the grassroots level, the Huairou Commission undertook a study of 11 communities across eight countries in partnership with UNDP's Global Thematic Programme on Anti-Corruption for Development Effectiveness (PACDE). The objective of the study was to document grassroots women’s perceptions and experiences of corruption in developing countries and bring this to important discourses regarding anti-corruption, gender equality and women’s empowerment. It is intended to direct attention to the lack of research on the gendered impact of corruption on poor communities, provide some initial insights from grassroots women and contribute to anti-corruption programming by prioritizing and bringing to the forefront grassroots women’s voices. Launched at the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Brasilia, Brazil. 2012.
After three years in the making, Huairou Commission announces the release of the Local-to-Local Dialogue Resource Manual: A Guide for Grassroots Women-Led Engagement with Local Government and Decision Makers. Edited by Sarah Silliman. Contributors: Susanna George, Esther Mwaura Muiru, Everlyne Nairese and Sarah Silliman. 2011.
by Suranjana Gupta on behalf of the Community Practitioners Platform 2011
In the first half of 2009, structured interviews were conducted with 1,366 volunteers providing care-giving in six African countries. The interviews were conducted as part of the “Compensations for Contributions: Creating an enablig policy framework for effective home-based care” initiative, a project supported by the UNDP-Japan Partnership Fund (WID/GAD).
By Maureen Fordham and Suranjana Gupta with Supriya Akerkar and Manuela Scharf Published by GROOTS International February 2011. This publication will enrich understanding of the critical linkages among disaster, development, poverty and gender-based inequality
By Ayse Yonder and Marnie Tamaki on behalf of the Huairou Comission Huairou Commission Publication 2010
Edited By Sangeetha Purushothaman, Sarah Silliman, Soumita Basu, Sanjeev Pillay on behalf of the Huaioru Commission 2010
By Suranjana Gupta Huairou Commission Publication 2004
By Monika Jaeckel Huairou Commission Publication 2002
By GROOTS International 2007 GROOTS International’s Thematic Programme on Community Resilience seeks to empower grassroots women to build resilient communities. This programme emerged from member organizations’ work in disaster-hit communities in India, Turkey, Honduras and Jamaica. Member groups found that disaster response programmes were opportunities for women to become active participants in shaping the futures of their communities. Through their participation, grassroots women have developed innovative solutions that address practical problems of shelter, credit, livelihoods and basic services – all of which lie at the intersection of resilience and development. What is unique about these grassroots solutions is that they also re-position women in the eyes of their families and communities. This publication highlights roles that grassroots women are playing in building resilient communities and insights emerging from resilience building efforts led by grassroots women in Peru, Jamaica, Honduras, Turkey, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India.
By Carolina Pinhiero Edited by Sarah Silliman Huairou Commission Publication June 2011 In addition to a detailed background to the summit, the report outlines global trends in development as identified by Summit participants from across the world, and it highlights women’s local solutions to the challenges they encounter in their communities and their efforts to influence formal governance processes. The report ends with a list of recommendations, developed and agreed upon by grassroots women over the course of the summit, and calls for support of institutional partners in specific areas of women’s empowerment.
By Ayse Yonder with Sengul Akcar and Prema Gopalan Population Council (Huairou Commission Member) Publication 2005
By Jacqueline Leavitt and Ayse Yonder July 2003 Paper presented at the International Research Group on Land and Urban Space (IRGLUS) Conference in Porto Alegre, 17-19 July 2002.
Capacity Development of Grassroots Networks to Become Effective Partners in Local Governance for Poverty Eradication: Lessons from Below
By Sangeetha Purushothaman Huairou Commission Publication 2002
By Sarah Silliman Huairou Commission Publication 2010
by Debbie Budlender, September 2009 In the first half of 2009, structured interviews were conducted with 1,366 volunteers providing care-giving in six African countries. The interviews were conducted as part of the “Compensations for Contributions: Creating an enablig policy framework for effective home-based care” initiative, a project supported by the UNDP-Japan Partnership Fund (WID/GAD).
Key Messages of the Action Research: Engendering Bottom-Up Justice Reform-- A Grassroots Women's Approach to Accessing Justice
Key findings of the participatory action study, “Engendering Bottom-up Justice Reform: Grassroots Women’s Approach to Securing Accessing to Justice.” The study examines how over 70 grassroots women-led groups in 7 countries in Africa—Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe—are using a gender empowerment framework to help women and communities access justice in diverse contexts of legal pluralism. Collectively, their diverse approaches advance a process by which grassroots women lead communities: (1) to examine overlapping and disjointed legal frameworks; (2) to increase community awareness of gender injustice; (3) to build new partnerships with a variety of stakeholders; (4) to design and implement new community justice mechanisms and processes; and (5) to review, analyze and align cultural practices with the constitutions to deal with cultural injustices against women. The Huairou Commission and UNDP jointly advance these grassroots alternative practices and approaches because they are the ones that grassroots women are driving and that work for them. This study is a joint effort coordinated by the Huairou Commission, implemented by twelve members from Women Land Link Africa (WLLA) and funded by the United Nations Development Programme and an anonymous donor.
Bilingual CRF flyer (2013)
Bilingual CPP flyer (2013)
Spanish flyer on Global Initiative on Women's Security of Tenure (2013)
English flyer on Global Initiative on Women's Security of Tenure (2013)
Events hosted by or featuring Huairou Commission speakers and participants during the 57th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) in New York, March 4-15, 2013.
Two stories of the Land & Housing Campaign in Latin America: "The Bright Light of Luna Creciente"- An Interview with Ecuadorian Grassroots Leader Elva Ulcuango, and "An Unusual Community"- On the 12th anniversary of the community Maria Auxiliadora, co-founder Rose Mary Irusta Perez looks back at years of struggle and “the great satisfaction of seeing great change”
Everyone has a relationship to land. It is an asset that, with its associated resources, allows its owner access to loans, to build their houses and to set up small businesses in cities. In rural areas, land is essential for livelihoods, subsistence and food security. However, land is a scarce resource governed by a wide range of rights and responsibilities. And not everyone’s right to land is secure. Mounting pressure and competition mean that improving land governance – the rules, processes and organizations through which decisions are made about land – is more urgent than ever. This book shows how the Global Land Tool Network is addressing these problems by setting an international agenda on land. It features the “land tools” that the Network has developed – practical ways to solve problems in land administration and management.
Policy document from the Home-Based Care Alliance at the International AIDS Conference 2012: Debunking myths about home-based caregivers.
Transforming Development: Creating Synergies between Grassroots Women and Institutions of Governance
New York, USA: Huairou Commission, 2012. Published by Best Practices Foundation Contributors: Preethi Krishnan and Priya Pillai Additional Authors: Tara Tobin, Sudha Menon and Carolina Pinheiro Editor(s): Dr. Sangeetha Purushothaman, Sarah Silliman Transforming Development is published as part of the Huairou Commission Governance Campaign through the support of UNDP and the MDG 3 Fund of the Dutch Foreign Ministry. It is part of a series of tools, publications, and resource support that the Huairou Commission has developed to promote horizontal learning amongst grassroots women's groups and to document and share their strategies and lessons with policymaking and development institutions. This compendium details the initiatives of grassroots organizations which have been supported in part by Huairou Commission initiatives: Damayan ng Maralitang Pilipinong Api (DAMPA) Inc., Espaço Feminista, GROOTS Kenya, GROOTS Peru, Lumanti Support Network for Shelter, Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) and The Rede Pintadas Network. It is intended for use as a resource showing the specific strategies, lessons and impacts of work in leadership development, participation in decision-making and improvement in the lives of women, their families and communities. These grassroots organizations illustrate how mobilized groups of women use existing governance mechanisms to participate actively in planning, decision-making, implementation and monitoring of public services in partnership with local government bodies.
Huairou Commission 2012 Brochure
Huairou Commission Women Homes & Community Annual Report 2010 Contributions from: Katia Araujo, Dahlia Goldenberg, Suranjana Gupta, Shannon Hayes, Julia Miller, Jan Peterson, Carolina Pinheiro, Sarah Silliman
United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Fifty-fifth session 22 February – 4 March 2011 New York INTERACTIVE EXPERT PANEL The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges ADVOCATING FOR RURAL WOMEN’S RIGHTS: EXPERIENCES FROM A GRASSROOTS PERSPECTIVE by GODAVARI DANGE Secretary Sakhi Federation
The Huairou Commission would like to share the exciting final outcomes of one of its initiatives it's most proud of - the MDG3 Accountability Initiative - which over the last three years helped initiate "resilient, sustainable change" in communities across 27 countries in the global South. This is one of the conclusions of a final evaluation conducted by independent consultant Renee Kantelberg, released in November of 2011.
Authored by Jeffrey Kaloustian - Cultural discrimination, isolation, and disempowerment are the shared experience of the women of Bihar. Historically, women have primarily been confined to the home if not working in the fields. Illiteracy rates among the women of Madhubani district are substantially higher than the state’s 47% average. Poverty and unemployment spur massive male migration from Bihar, increasing the burdens of farming, child rearing, and domestic chores on women and girls.
Co-authored by Jeffrey Kaloustian and Fati Alhassan - The Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation (GSF) was founded as in 2000 to support young girls and women suffering from injustice due to negative cultural practices. In 2007 it began women-led community dialogues designed to empower poor women in rural communities in Northern Ghana. GSF consists of a network of over 3000 women from 75 grassroots women’s groups.
By: Lucy Earle and Britha Mikkelsen, Published by UN-HaBITAT (2011) The objectives of the evaluation are to assess UN-HABITAT’s efforts in mainstreaming gender across its programmes and policies, and the appropriateness of its institutional arrangements and strategic partnerships for the promotion of gender equality in human settlements. In addition to the accountability objective, the purpose of the evaluation is to generate lessons to inform decisions about how institutional arrangements for gender mainstreaming and related strategic partnerships can be improved.
Listen To Us- Land Ownership and Property Control: Grassroots Women Document Innovations in Practice
By Huairou Commission Huairou Commission Publications 2006
Shaping Our Own Destiny: Experiences of Micro Finance Programme in Slum and Squatter Communities in Kathmandu and Lalitpur Cities
By Lumanti Support Group for Shelter Huairou Commission Member Publication December 2006
By Matt Wade with the assistance of Nicole Ganzekaufer, Shannon Hayes, Nipin Vanvadharan and Swayan Shikshan Prayog (SSP) Huairou Commission Publication 2007
By Renee Kantelberg and Jo Kempon behalf of the Huairou Commission Huairou Commission Publication 2007 The objectives of this handbook are to: • provide an overview of some of the basic concepts and central issues in M&E; • introduce an overall framework that will help grassroots women implement an M&E system appropriate to their context; • introduce a number of concepts and tools to help grassroots women engage in a practical approach to monitoring and evaluation.
By Steve Jeanetta on behalf of the Huairou Commission Huairou Commission Publication 2007
Grassroots Women's Avenues to claiming, gaining and maintaining land, housing and property
By Becca Asaki and Shannon Hayes | Oxfam Publication, August 2011 | Abstract: Grassroots women in poor communities are creating their own innovative social protection mechanisms, and often moving beyond this to foster economic growth and prosperity. In this article, we propose an expansion of common understandings of social protection to include these activities initiated by citizens themselves. In this article, we describe strategies being led by grassroots women's community-based organisations in Kenya, Brazil and Peru, where women's self-help groups, networks, federations, and supporting NGOs, have been leading and organising livelihoods, health and food security initiatives for the benefit of their members and communities. Many of the objectives of social protection can best be met by creating a social protection framework that recognises and builds on grassroots women's own initiatives. This would reposition poor women in the social protection debate: recasting them from 'beneficiaries', to become active agents of change, and formal partners with government and development agencies.