World AIDS Day 2013
December 1st was World AIDS Day. We dedicate this update to the caregivers in our network, who spend their lives providing life-saving care to their neighbors and communities affected by HIV/AIDS.


November 25th is the Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women. Today, we honor the work that our member groups have been doing to make cities safer for women and girls. From resource centers to participatory theatre, grassroots women around the world are working hard to eliminate violence from their communities.

Philippines: Immediate Support Directly to Organized Communities on the Ground Post-Typhoon
The Huairou Commission is sending 100% of funds donated here directly to organized local communities in the Philippines for immediate relief following Typhoon Haiyan.



As an organization, we celebrate the work grassroots women are doing around the world to improve their communities. Today, we celebrate International Day of Rural Women and International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR, October 13th) by highlighting submissions from our member groups in different regions of the world.

The International Day of Rural Women was first celebrated on October 15, 2008 to acknowledge "the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty." Rural women play vital roles in their communities, and their empowerment is crucial to the survival of their families and societies.

IDDR in 2013 is centered around  Living with Disability and Disasters, acknowledging the fifth of the world's population living with disability and their unique ability to help in disaster risk reduction work.


Como una organización, celebramos el trabajo que mujeres de base hacen alrededor del mundo para mejorar sus comunidades. Hoy, celebramos el Dí­a Internacional de Mujeres Rurales y el Dí­a Internacional para la Reducción de Desastre (IDDR, el 13 de octubre) a través de destacar entregas de nuestros grupos miembros de regiones diferentes del mundo. 

Se celebró el Día Internacional de las Mujeres Rurales por primera vez el 15 de octubre 2008 para reconocer "el rol crítico y contribución de las mujeres rurales, incluso a las mujeres indígenas, en mejorar el desarrollo agrícola y rural, mejorar la seguridad de alimentos y eliminar la pobreza rural." Las mujeres rurales hacen papeles vitales en sus comunidades, y su empoderamiento es crítico a la supervivencia  de sus familias y sociedades.

IDDR en 2013 se centra en Vivir con la Discapacidad y Desastre, reconociendo la quinta parte de la población mundial que vive con discapacidad y su habilidad única de ayudar en el trabajo de reducir el riesgo de desastre.


In Geneva, on October 9, 2013, Violet Shivuste of HC member group GROOTS Kenya delivered a joint statement on behalf of ActionAid, Global Initiative for Economic Social and Cultural Rights, Huairou Commission, International Accountability Project, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), International Land Coalition (ILC) Secretariat, and Landesa at the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), 56th Session (30 September 2013 - 18 October 2013), General Discussion on the Rights of Rural Women.


The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The theme of this year's World Habitat Day is Urban Mobility.


Twenty years after the Latur earthquake in Maharashtra, India on September 30, 1993, thousands of grassroots women continue to protect, develop and secure their communities through the work of Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP). The Huairou Commission and GROOTS International join member group SSP and their Sakhi (women leader) Federations in honoring the vigilance and leadership of women as we celebrate their 20 year anniversary.