Miyagi Prefecture, Tōhoku, Japan. Alongside local partners Women's Eye, a member of the Japan Civil Society Coalition for WCDRR (JCC2015), the Huairou Commission held a two-day Grassroots International Academy,  a Pre-Conference Activity of the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan.

NEW YORK, NY. We are very excited to once again bring a strong delegation of grassroots women leaders to the Commission on the Status of Women at UN Headquarters in New York.  This 59th session is particularly momentous, as it marks the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and of the roots of the Huairou Commission.

We have worked for nearly two decades to help grassroots women link up with each other and build their collective agendas for sustainable community development. 

Please donate today to ensure that their priorities are not overlooked.


Seke, Zimbabwe. At the "Building Resilient Nations and Communities" series of events this past April in Nairobi, Kenya, grassroots women leaders gave policymakers and development agency representatives a first hand look at the resilience initiatives they are organizing in their own communities, providing concrete models for what increased collaboration could look like and shifting mindsets around the capacity of grassroots groups to serve as partners in development. The event was coordinated by the Huairou Commission, hosted by GROOTS Kenya, and sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Gender Unit, with additional support from theUN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP).


This week, grassroots groups around the world who have been organizing to respond to natural disasters in their communities are celebrating International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDR), a day started in 1989 with approval from the UN General Assembly to recognize how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of DRR. Championed by our partner  UNISDR, the theme of this year's day is "Resilience is for Life", specifically acknowledging both the needs of older people and what they contribute to better planning and understanding of disaster risk in their communities. 



Nearly twenty years ago, grassroots women living in slums and informal settlements gathered in a tent outside the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing to advocate for recognition and respect for the central role they play in their families and communities.



New York, NY, USA. September was a whirlwind of activity here in New York City, with twenty seven grassroots women leaders from the Huairou Commission arriving to participate in a three-day Brain Trust meeting of our Community Resilience, Land and Housing Campaign from September 13-15, the Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) on September 17-18, and a packed lineup of Climate Week and General Assembly advocacy. In honor of World Habitat Day, we focus on the gains made at the Habitat III Prep Com I.


We have fall internships available at our Secretariat in Brooklyn, New York City. Candidates must be available 16-20 hours per week, with occasional irregular hours during special events, for a minimum of 8 weeks from September through December 2014.

Internships with the Huairou Commission offer the opportunity to directly support community-driven women’s empowerment in marginalized communities, both rural and urban, around the world. Interns work in a nontraditional office environment led by women committed to social change. 


We offer our apologies to anybody who has been a victim of credit card fraud in the past week. Perpetrators have used our donation system to fraudulently charge their victims' credit cards in amounts of USD $5-25 as donations to the Huairou Commission. 

We have temporarily suspended our online credit card system to prevent this activity.

If you suspect that you were fraudulently charged $5-25 by the perpetrators, please write to and include your name, email address, the name of your credit card company and the last 4 digits of your card.

Again, we are sorry for the inconvenience this incident has caused. 


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At a critical moment as the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are drafted to determine global priorities for ending poverty, the Huairou Commission and UNDP launch a new community-based research study highlighting how grassroots African women living in poverty are proactively organizing to address challenges of accessing land and justice. Discussions around rule of law and women's land rights are key themes that will be debated this week during the 12th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development (OWG12). 

"Women’s access to property is critical for their economic security and for the economic security of their children. When women own their own assets, they also have more independence and a bigger role in decision-making in their households and communities. All this helps improve the strength and prosperity of societies. But around the world, women find obstacles in their way to owning property. Long-standing traditions which put all land and property in the hands of men, inadequate laws, ineffective courts and a lack of education conspire against women’s legitimate rights to assets. These traditions and legal barriers often damage women, their families and development efforts."

Slum Women’s Initiative for Development (SWID), Uganda


The community-based research study Engendering Access to Justice: Grassroots Women's Approaches to Securing Land Rights, will be officially launched tomorrow at an event entitled "Justice and Legal Empowerment for Sustainable Development," hosted by UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, in cooperation with the Mission of Denmark to the United Nations.

The panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, June 17 at the UN from 1:15-2:30 at the North Lawn Building, Conference Room 7.