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Current Members & Networks


CODIMM is a facilitating NGO in Guatemala that joined the Huairou Commission (HC) in 2005 to be a part of a global grassroots network and learn more about the capacity building tools from HC.

CODIMM has  350 women members and 10 affiliated women’s groups that are engaged in raising awareness of indigenous rural women and empowerment process in rural, urban and peri-urban areas including the Municipalities of Chimaltenango, Guatemala, and the rural areas of Guatemala, Sacatepéquez and Sololá.

Additionally, CODIMM works on the issues of health, land and housing, education, capacity building, food security and community resilience. Regarding the women’s empowerment, CODIMM conducts trainings according to the topics that are helpful and interesting to the women groups and their families.

Bostibasir Odhikar Surakkha Committee (BOSC)

Bostibasir Odhikar Surakkha Committee (BOSC) is a grassroots people’s organizations in Bangladesh. BOSC has 8,625 consolidated members and 10 affiliated organizations in urban and peri-urban areas of the country working on land and housing,  governance and education. The organization works with women’s groups, grassroots groups, children and youth, as well as religious and ethnic groups

The main focus for BOSC in terms of policy and advocacy is housing and urban policy development. The organization provides learning opportunities for the community and grassroots women. BOSC also advocates for increased  inclusion and participation of women in decision making and policy making in Bangladesh.

In 2012 BOSC became a member of Huairou Commission to be a part of the international grassroots network, work for the grassroots women empowerment on a global scale and support peer organizations in their aspirations.

Central de Bancos Comunales

Central de Bancos Comunales (CBC) is a community organization in Peru. CBC joined Huairou Commission (HC) in 2004 because of the network and connectivity opportunities that HC offers.

CBC accounts for 350 consolidated members and 26 affiliated organizations that are mainly based in peri-urban settings of Peru and work on resilience, land and housing issues, as well as good governance. The prime goal for CBC is women’s empowerment and transformation of powers in the political arena.  On a regular basis, the organization conducts workshops and events dedicated to peer exchange and learning.

CBC sees women’s empowerment as a way of promoting women entrepreneurs in the process of local economic development and strengthening the law to abolish violence against women. Every year CBC discusses these issues with the major partners such as the SEA, the Concertation Bureau for the Fight against Poverty in Metropolitan Lima, the Health Centers, and the Municipality of El Agustino.

COM ( Community Organizers Multiversity)

COM (Community Organizers Multiversity) is an NGO in the Philippines. COM works with 4,866 consolidated members and 32 affiliated organizations in Sultan Kudarat, ARMM, and the National Capital Region on the issues of governance, land and housing, participatory governance, DRR, and resilience.

One of the main focuses for COM is women’s capacity building. COM gives grassroots formal training on leadership development through theoretical discussion and practical examples. The organization facilitates reflection sessions with leaders and members, and conducts follow up dialogical process to help women raise their level of consciousness as individuals and as organizations promoting higher level of independence. Additionally, COM is engaged in advocacy projects on land and housing rights, affordable and inclusive housing, as well as proclamation of government land of socialized housing.

In 2007 COM became a member of Huairou Commission to share grassroots women’s experiences from the Asia region with the other global grassroots organizations and political actors. Moreover, COM is interested in learning from peer organizations and widening the horizons of their work.

Confederacion Nacional de Mujeres Organizadaspo la Vida y el Desarrollo Integral (CONAMOVIDI)

Confederacion Nacional de Mujeres Organizadaspo la Vida y el Desarrollo Integral (CONAMOVIDI) is a federation founded in Peru. Having 64 affiliated organizations across Peru, the CONAMOVIDI has focused its work on governance and resilience, and especially on women’s empowerment. The organization set the transformation of traditional decision-making in politics as the main strategic goal.

The strategy of CONAMOVIDI is to promote participation with other actors at local and national levels, in forums, seminars, trainings, and Local-to-Local Dialogues with local NGOs. The organizations use a wide range of tools and platforms to achieve relevant goals of the  Sustainable Development Goals, SENDAI framework, and New Urban Agenda.

Having joined Huairou Commission (HC) in 2008, it appealed to CONAMOVIDI that HC promotes women as leaders at the community, national, regional and global levels, including strengthening the capacities of grassroots women and supports economic empowerment.

Construction Resource & Development Centre (CRDC)

Construction Resource & Development Centre (CRDC) is a grassroots organization in Jamaica with 6 members and 6 affiliated organizations in rural, urban and peri-urban settings. The main issues CRDC focuses on are governance, land and housing and resilience.

The organization advocates for equal women’s rights, women’s shelter and equal access to land rights and housing through building local capacity and exchange of resources and skills, training around technical and other issues, and exposure to resources and expertise. Women and women’s groups are engaged in program priorities across the country with the assistance of CRDC facilitators according to their area of work, e.g. women farmers are engaged in disaster risk reduction.

CRDC joined Huairou Commission 23 years ago to promote women priorities at the local and international levels in behalf of Jamaica.

Damayan ng Maralitang Pilipinong Api (DAMPA) Inc.

Damayanng Maralitang Pilipinong Api (DAMPA) is a federation in the Philippines. DAMPA joined Huairou Commission in 2005 to have a bigger and stronger network that assists the grassroots women’s advocacy, campaigns, programs, leadership and recognition as stakeholders regarding policy making from local to national level.  

DAMPA works with 90,287 members and 237 local organization in urban, rural and peri-urban areas in the Philippines on community resilience, land and housing, livelihood and governance. As recognized members of the City and Municipal Development Council of Philippines, DAMPA accesses policy participation, program implementation at the national level, and pushes for  local, national policies that can be beneficial to grassroots women.

The major focus in DAMPA is on resilience building of grassroots communities, such as economic empowerment, leadership development, involvement and recognition of grassroots women in decision-making across local, national and global dimensions. DAMPA conducts training for its members to enhance capacity on leadership, policy advocacy, negotiations, and risk mapping. Organization’s partners include DRRNet Philippines, Alternative Budget Initiative, and AKBAYAN also give training to community leaders.


FEMUM ALC (FA) is a facilitating network in Peru. FA works with affiliated organizations in Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Rep.Dominicana, and allied networks in Mexico. In each country, there are local partners from municipal, political, academic, neighborhood, and women’s groups.

FA has a very broad scale of work and advocacy programs: citizen participation and governance; new policy approaches to public equity and interculturalism; the global agenda in local communities; peace and security strategies violence prevention transparency in public budgeting; female leadership and political participation; economic development; post-disaster and reconstruction measures; gender agendas; and investment in childhood and adolescence.

Regarding women’s capacity building, FA conducts leadership trainings and uses its international project to empower women through platforms like the Urban Thinkers Campuses (UTC). FA also promotes mentoring to strengthen the new leaderships, youth, and women. The organization also promotes civil diplomacy to generate peace, security, and local dialogues in the context of violence, post conflict and post-disaster events.

FA became a member of Huairou Commission in 2004 to join the global grassroots movement and support the empowerment of women internationally.

Fundación de las Mujeres Cooperativistas de Panamá (FUNDEPROMU COOP)


FUNDEPROMU COOP is a grassroots organization in Panama. The organization includes 245 members and 7 affiliated organizations in rural, urban and peri-urban areas focusing on environment, resilience, physical and mental health, and governance.

The policy priorities that FUNDEPROMU COOP is focused on are promoting women’s recognition in politics, development of family units and community, and development of women leaders through trainings and projects. The organization aims to enrich the experience and skills of women through working alliances with local and international organizations. Additionally, FUNDEPROMU COOP conducts peer-to-peer learning sessions in all affiliated women groups upon their needs.

FUNDEPROMU COOP became a member of Huairou Commission (HC) in 2012 because HC is an organization that takes into account the development of women in social, ecological, economic, psychological, cultural and educational aspects. Additionally, FUNDEPROMU COOP wanted to represent Panama in the global grassroots movement.

Fundación Guatemala

Fundación Guatemala (FG) is a facilitating NGO in Guatemala. FG engages 7 consolidated members and 34 affiliated organizations in work on resilience, land and housing, good governance and gender training in rural and urban areas. FG has mainly focused on strengthening the leadership of grassroots women and promoting resilient development through a wide range of initiatives and projects.

Capacity building for grassroots women is done through training workshops, peer exchange, assistance techniques and participation in decision-making spaces such as the National Roundtable for the Reduction of Disaster Risk, the National Climate Change Dialogue Panel, Group of Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources,  and through direct links between CONRED, MAGA and the PCPR to increase scale the leadership.

FG became a member of Huairou Commission in 2000 to be part of the grassroots movement and join the projects that positively affected grassroots women globally in terms of empowerment and women rights.

Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation


Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation (GSF) is a Facilitation NGO in Tamale, Ghana. With more than 11,720 members, the Foundation works with nine affiliated organizations in the areas of land rights, community resilience, leadership building, health issues and human rights across rural (Bawku West, Saboba, Yendi, Lambushie, Garu and Nabdam Districts), urban (Tamale Metropolis and Sagnerigu Municipal), and peri-urban (Savelugu Nanton District) areas.


Having joined Huairou Commission (HC) in 2007, GSF was attracted by its values and principles that enable grassroots voices to influence policy-making processes globally, give an opportunity to expand the learning opportunities, and sharing experiences with the other grassroots organizations.


The primary focus of GSF is on women’s empowerment through effective representation and participation in decision-making for sustainable development at all political and socio-economic levels of governance. GFS works to enhance and transform power relations in a traditional rural setting in the areas of land security, climate change, and poverty reduction.

Due to the legal structure, women’s  land rights in Ghana are vulnerable. Thus, GFS aims to strengthen women’s participation and ensure gender equality in land negotiations, land rights, and other land-related decisions, especially for the sake of the women farmers community.

GROOTS Trinidad & Tobago (GROOTS T&T)

GROOTS Trinidad & Tobago (GROOTS T&T) is a grassroots community-based NGO in Trinidad & Tobago. The organization accounts for 30 members and eight affiliated organizations in mainly rural areas, who are engaged primarily in five core areas: HIV/AIDS, domestic and gender-based violence prevention, sexual reproductive health and rights, mental health issues, disaster preparedness awareness, and sensitization from a gender perspective.

To support the capacity building of grassroots women, GROOTS T&T provides peer support, counseling and psychosocial support. The organization additionally created a mobile caravan where medical and legal services will be taken to rural communities for the benefit of women and girls who are not able to access such services due to the financial constraints. The communities are also able to access certified training of HIV/AIDS and STIs testers.

GROOTS T&T became a member of Huairou Commission (HC) in 2014. The organization was attracted by the HC’s ability and dedication to connecting grassroots women globally. Moreover, GROOTS T&T was interested in joining the international grassroots movement as a part of Caribbean region.

Himalayan Grassroots Women’s Natural Resources Management Association (HIMAWANTI)

HIMAWANTI is a grassroots organization based in Nepal. The Association works with 1025 rural women members on the issues of resilience and governance. In these areas of work, HIMAWANTI focuses on women’s empowerment, inclusion of women in decision-making and increasing participation in policy creation processes. Together with the main partner, LUMANTI, the Association regularly hosts peer learning sessions for the grassroots women on the resilience and resilience.

HIMAWANTI has been a member of Huairou Commission (HC) for more than 10 years. The organization joined the global grassroots movement and became a strong supporter of the women’s empowerment and capacity building.

International Council of Women (ICW)

International Council of Women (ICW) is a NGO with headquarters based in Paris and a Secretariat in the Republic of Korea. ICW engages 65 National Councils in 3 regions (Asia Pacific, Europe, and Council of America) in urban and rural areas in Korea on the issues of literacy, nutrition, food security, women and HIV/AIDs, health issues, clean water and sanitation, sustainable agriculture, industrial development, governance and women’s leadership at all levels. ICW also conducts trainings in peacekeeping and income generation.

ICW became a member of the Huairou Commission (HC) in 1996 as a founding network working for the prosperity and development of women’s movement locally and internationally, and facilitating women’s empowerment and capacity building through joint programs with HC.

The main partners of the organization are the United Nations in New York, Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi, UNESCO, UNICEF, UN-Habitat, UNIDO, FAO, ESCAP and ILO.

International Women’s Communication Center (IWCC)

The International Women’s Communication Center is a grassroots organization located in Nigeria. Having found a common mission and aims with Huairou Commission (HC) in promoting global grassroots movement, sustainable and inclusive development as well as women’s empowerment, IWCC is one of the pioneering members that committed to HC in 1995 at the famous Grassroots tent during the 4th World Congress on Women in Beijing.

IWCC works with 25 women groups, 160 members directly and 5000 members indirectly on health issues as HIV/AIDS, resilience, land, and housing, as well as governance to achieve gender equality and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on gender equality (SDG5), reducing inequality (SDG10), and sustainable cities and communities (SDG11).

IWCC is building a strategic partnership with other grassroots organizations and different communities in Nigeria to achieve sustainable and inclusive development goals through Local-to-Local Dialogues, localization of SDGs and Urban Thinkers Campus, and joint programs. Additionally, IWCC focuses on capacity building for grassroots women through community mapping and community outreach activities, and political advocacy.


Jagori has been a partner organization of Huairou Commission (HC) since 2009 based in India. Together with HC, Jagori promotes gender equality, grassroots movement and global safer cities movement.

Jogori engages 200 affiliated organizations in urban, rural and peri-urban areas in issues of governance, violence against women, and leadership development. Through workshops and skills development exercises, the organization facilitates gender empowerment and capacity building. Jogori also has rural and urban women’s leadership camps that enable women to access services and support legal reform and advocacy with the state.The organization conducts peer exchange sessions and networking events with two main partners: Pradan, Domestic workers network- Rajasthan.

Katuba Women’s Association

Katuba Women’s Association (KWA) is a grassroots organization in Zambia. KWA has 6-7 affiliated groups in each of seven zones in Katuba Constituency, with each group having around 25 members in urban and rural areas. The organization is primarily interested in governance, resilience, agriculture, land and housing issues.

The Association follows up the governmental programs on development and assists members in taking part in these programs through sharing information and helping with documents and transportation. KWA networks with various organisations in Lusaka that focus on building members’ capacities, information exchange, and training in budget monitoring at the local level. Grassroots women are especially happy to attend these workshops because they normally have Chibwanse (social gatherings) in the evenings after they attend the workshop. Women play traditional drums and dance, a break from the usual and daily house chores that they perform.

KWA become a member of Huairou Commission (HC) in 2009 because HC facilitates raising voices of grassroots women at local, national and international forums and assists i’s members to grow and participate in decision-making in various programs globally.

Kawempe Home Based Care Alliance

Kawempe Home Based Care Alliance (KHBCA) is a grassroots women’s organization in Uganda whose entry point in community work is HIV/AIDS and bringing women together on home care issues, an important but difficult area for which to find assistance i. Huairou Commission (HC), as a champion in grassroots women leadership, supported the ideas of KHBCA and acknowledged the organization as a member in 2009.

KHBCA has 285 consolidated members and 18 affiliated organizations engaged in the areas of health, as with HIV/AIDS, land, housing, and resilience. KHBCA conducts peer exchange and learning sessions to increase awareness on it’s relevant areas of work in Uganda on a regular. It also enhances women’s capacity building with such partners, as SWID, Makerere Development Group, and LUCOHECO.

KHBCA mentors grassroots women to occupy leadership spaces from local to national levels. Moreover, the organization opened a training department for tailoring and hairdressing to provide women with education and skill for economic independence.

Foundation for the Support of Women (KEDV)


Foundation for the Support of Women (KEDV) is an organization based in Turkey. KEDV works with 21 consolidated members and 124 affiliated grassroots women cooperatives all over the Turkey in urban, peri-urban and rural areas on the issues of governance, housing and resilience.


KEDV aims to increase the leadership skills of local women to act collectively for their priorities, support them to develop and implements solutions, build partnerships and advocate for themselves, and facilitate peer learning and networking. Additionally, the organization facilitates expanding the access of grassroots women groups to local and national decision-making in order to change the development agenda and to integrate the vision, concerns and strategies of grassroots women.


KEDV provides support to grassroots women to develop their strategic plans and access resources and development material. KEDV also supports  their advocacy, finance, and peer exchanges, regional and annual meetings, accessing markets and strategic expertise and in building partnerships with other institutions.


KEDV became a member of Huiaoru Commission (HC) in 1996. As a founding network, KEDV was interested in being a part of HC to include grassroots women’s vision, leadership and strength in the implementation of Habitat II commitments and to change the development agenda in general.

Land Access Movement of South Africa


Land Access Movement of South Africa (LAMOSA) is a federation in South Africa. LAMOSA works with hundreds of communities, women’s groups, youth, small-scale farmers, cooperatives, 2000 caregivers and more than 800 households in provinces of Limpopo, Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga, the Eastern part of North Cape and the Free State. The scale of work is vast: health issues, resilience, housing, land reforms, inheritance, governance and enterprise development.


LAMOSA’s policy priorities are bound with women’s empowerment, especiallyncreasing participation of women in policy and decision-making. The organization mobilizes resources, and organizes workshops and trainings on leadership, good governance, strategic planning, and community development. The grassroots women are given trainings on the village level and taught to organize, mobilize and work with the financial administration, directives and supervision of LAMOSA.


LAMOSA joined the  Huairou Commission in 2007. Since then, LAMOSA gained access to the HC network, became able to collaborate with other sister organizations advocating and campaigning for grassroots’ Land and Agrarian Reform Rights, Governance, Aids and Disaster management locally and globally.

Las Brumas

Las Brumas is a member of a national network in Nicaragua. Having become a member of Huairou Commission (HC) in 2003, Las Brumas was attracted by HC’s work, grassroots movement goals and women’s empowerment values.

Las Brumas engages 1232 consolidated members and 22 affiliated organization in rural areas of the country on building climate resilience, protecting women’s rights for land and housing, as well as facilitating leadership of grassroots women in political and social processes.

With the main partners, HC and Municipalities of Mayors, the organization continues to strengthen the role of women in development, as well as promote certification of small businesses and financial assistance for grassroots women. Through training with Las Brumas, women acquire knowledge of leadership, political education, and negotiation skills.

Lumanti Support Group for Shelter


Lumanti Support Group for Shelter (LSGS)  is a facilitating NGO in Nepal. LSGS became a member of Huairou Commission (HC) to connect with global grassroots women’s networks, influence global policy, build solidarity,  learn and share best practices, promote learning exchange, and contribute to the empowerment of women.

LSGS engages 18 member organizations in the urban, rural and peri-urban areas in disaster resilience, housing, water and sanitation, hygiene, socio-economic transformation, community finance and good governance. LSGS promotes grassroots women’s leadership through community organizations such as saving and credit cooperatives, local authorities and other groups in the areas of housing and development.

LSGS provides financial and technical assistance for governance, capacity enhancement, institutionalization and leadership skills. The organization conducts skills trainings, workshops and peer exchange sessions, Local-to-Local Dialogues, and networking events to connect grassroots leaders. LSGS encourages grassroots women to raise funds by themselves and to actively participate in local politics and elections.

Fundación de Mujeres Luna Creciente


Fundación de Mujeres Luna Creciente (FMLC) is a national network in Ecuador that became a member of Huairou Commission in 2008 to be a part of a global grassroots network, support grassroots women locally and internationally, and identify democratic solutions and justice for grassroots women with other organizations.

FMLC conducts peer learning sessions with women, feminist organizations, indigenous movements, and populations affected by the earthquakes to promote the empowerment of local communities. With two main partners, the National Coalition of Women of Ecuador and ONG Facilitadora, FMLC plans the educational programs for grassroots women and local community and develops strategic plans to address resilience, women’s health and promote women’s participation and engagement in political processes.

FMLC supports grassroots women organizations through organizational strengthening, trainings on leadership building, and negotiations. Additionally, FMLC integrates women leaders and organizations in broader platforms and movements at national and regional levels for cooperation and networking purposes.  

MLAHRA (Mathare Legal Aid and Human Rights Advocacy )

MLAHRA,a community based organization in Kenya, joined Huairou Commission in 2005 due to interest in the global grassroots women’s movement and possibility to connect with and learn from other internationally-based grassroots organizations.

MLAHRA is engaged with 45 consolidated member organizations in the urban settings of Nigeria on the issues on the land rights, housing and governance. The organization’s policy advocacy priorities are focused on sustainable and inclusive development of urban slum areas and capacity building for grassroots women to participate in decision-making processes at local, regional and national levels.

MLAHRA facilitates empowerment of women through advocacy activities carried out with the organization’s main partners: the Local Administration on Security and the National and Country Government on Land and Housing Issues. The approach includes continuous series of community based dialogues and forums that bring together grassroots women’s groups, government agencies, and local and international NGOs.

Mujeres Iberoamericanas en Red por la Igualdad Presupuestal entre Mujeres y Hombres (MIRA)


Mujeres Iberoamericanas en Red por la Igualdad Presupuestal entre Mujeres y Hombres (MIRA) is regional network based in Mexico that engages 35 members and 30 affiliated organizations to work on human rights, sustainable equality of women, right to the city, public politics and macroeconomy in urban and rural settings of the county.

The thematic areas of work for MIRA with grassroots women are training in gender, development of policy knowledge and application of the methodologies of the Huairou Commission, MIRA’s own methodologies, as well as localization of New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. MIRA  also advocates for negotiations with the local authorities for including human rights and gender equality in policy-making processes.

MIRA became a member of Huairou Commission in 2013.

The Network for Family

The Network for Family (NF) is a facilitating NGO in the Czech Republic. The Network works with 275 consolidated members across the country on the issues of governance and resilience.

The main policy and advocacy priority for NF is to strengthen family values of family in Mother Centers, in the society and in the labour market. With the main partners Minerva 21 and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs,NF conducts peer exchanges and raises awareness in the community regarding family and children issues and values.

The NF became a member of Huairou Commission as a part of the Groots International to support and promote international grassroots movement and empowerment of women globally.


National Congress of Neighborhood Women

Founded in 1974 after the Washington Conference, grassroots leaders and their allies joined Neighborhood Women (NCNW) based on shared principles and common goals. Across the USA, NCNW created spaces where grassroots women leaders could link with each other, present their work and perspectives, and exchange peer successes and challenges. They caucused at conferences created a neighborhood college program and their own annual Institute on Women and Community Development.

NCNW’s history is one of successfully linking the community development work of grassroots leaders from around the nation, and, through GROOTS and Huairou Commission, from around the world. Together they have created transformative situations where grassroots women leaders speak for themselves, enter decision making forums and demonstrate effective practices in arenas of land tenure, HIV Aids Response, Disaster and Resilience Strategies and Governance, among others. In three decades there has been a global shift in the visibility of grassroots women leaders, their self organization and input into decision making forums. NW, GROOTS and Huairou Commission have been part of that shift and they are proud of it.

Ntankah Village Women Common Initiative Group

Ntankah Village Women Common Initiative Group (NVWCIG) is a community based organization in Cameroon. Ntankah engages 28 consolidated members in Ntankah and 876 in CAGWEESA, as well as one affiliated organization, Cameroon Grassroots Women Educational, Economic and Social Advancement Network (CAGWEESA) which is made up of 28 grassroots women organizations in the rural and urban settings. NVWCIG works on issues of resilience, governance, land and housing rights, as well as HIV/AIDS and women’s health. NVWCIG also works on increasing participatory leadership with the focus on consensus and promotion of democracy at the grassroots level.

Regarding women’s empowerment, NVWCIG facilitates capacity building through assisting women with organizational management assessment, financial management, development of financial and management procedures, development of anti-corruption policies and whistle blowing, leadership training, and succession policy. The NVWCIG also actively supports Local-to-Local Dialogues with traditional, municipal and administrative authorities and encourages women to participate actively in politics by registering and voting.

NVWCIG became a member of Huairou Commission in 2005 to support the grassroots movement, advocate for women’s empowerment, and make sure that women’s voices are heard in the international arena.


Ntengwe for Community Development

Ntengwe for Community Development (NCD) is a facilitating NGO in Zimbabwe. NCD works with 1240 members and 64 Women’s Self Help Groups, 10 Cluster Levels Associations, 3 Federations and 2 Women’s Farmers Groups in Hwange districts. Ntengwe also works with 21 Internal Savings and Lending Groups in Lupane and 20 Women’s ICP groups in Binga in rural areas on the issues of governance, health (HIV/AIDS), land and property rights, and resilience.

Ntwenge’s main policy and advocacy priorities in justice and civil rights include supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment goals and women’s legal and social protection. In the area of economic advancement Ntengew’s goals are focused on improving women’s economic security empowerment, and accessing inclusive markets health and safety priorities are women’s health, promoting legalizations that supports survivors of gender-based violence.

Having become a member of Huairou Commission in 2005, NCD wanted to create, together with HC, a greater gender equality movement in Africa, support grassroots women-led initiatives, facilitate grassroots women’s leadership opportunities, advocate and create more spaces where grassroots women’s voices are heard. Ntengwe wants to focus with Huairou on institutional and policy strengthening to influence public policy and processes.


Organización de Mujeres Indígenas y Campesinas Sembrando Esperanza OMICSE

Organización de Mujeres Indígenas y Campesinas Sembrando Esperanza OMICSE is a national network in Ecuador. OMICSE has 1238 women members and 26 affiliated organizations focusing on governance, resilience, land and housing, environment and climate change, and food security in 4 different provinces in rural areas.  

OMICSE focuses on facilitating and enhancing grassroots women’s capacity, organizations, communities, and grassroots academies (interaprendizaje). The organization provides skills trainings, workshops and methodologies to gather information in the field (e.g., community mapping adaptation to climate change), mechanisms for economic empowerment (e.g., resilience funds) and promotes spaces to to make visible the leadership and work of women.

OMICSE became a member of Huairou Commission (HC) in 2006 because HC promoted women’s capacity on different issues, with a diversity of ethnicities, nationalities and women’s groups in the. global grassroots movement.

Plataforma Comunitaria Wagucha

Plataforma Comunitaria Wagucha (PCW) is federation network in Honduras. PCW engages 2000 consolidated members and 20 associations in agricultural areas, 5 associations in craftsmen areas, and an additional 5 associations (Galpones) in rural communities, cities and peri-urban areas. PCS’s work focuses on land and housing rights, agriculture, resilience, entrepreneurship, and governance.

PCW uses Community Assemblies with the grassroots leaders to discuss programs and projects on issues of territories, agriculture, and crafts. Moreover, Wagucha organizes learning and capacity building sessions for grassroots women with such organizations as Compah Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras, Dinafroh Before Project Free Consultation, Consensus Building, Direction of Indigenous Peoples, and My Environment Nature Management.

After the hurricane Mitch in 1998, Wagucha became a member of Huairou Commission to learn more about resilience work from the peer organizations, develop communities after the hurricane, conduct reconstruction and post disaster recovery projects and join the international grassroots movement.


Polycom Development Project

Polycom Development Project (PDP)  is a grassroots organization based in Kenya. PDP accounts for 200 consolidated members and 8 affiliated organizations who are located in the urban parts of Kenya and engaged in work on resilience, governance, peace and women’s safety.

Polycom joined Huairou Commission in 2014 and, as said by the leader Jane Anyango, “Huairou speaks my language. Huairou offers everything that I have always seen as a gap in grassroots women empowerment, recognition, and support to their community work.”

PDP primarily works on facilitating capacity building of grassroots women by organizing workshops and training for women and conducting peer exchange learning with more established organizations and NGOs.

Polycom focuses on creating space for meaningful participation of women in decision making and policy creation for, inclusive and sustainable development. PDP has already successfully introduced and connected grassroots women with such frameworks platforms as the SDGs, the Sendai Framework, and the New Urban Agenda.


Red Mujer

Red Mujer is a founding network from Guatemala. The organization works with 5 network groups in Central America at the regional level: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. In Guatemala there are 16 organizations of rural women and Indigenous members of the Network. The scope of work for Red Mejer includes governance, land and housing, as well as resilience.

The organization facilitates women’s capacity building through leadership workshops, capacity strengthening for grassroots women with an emphasis on organized political advocacy to work with state institutions created with the Agreements of Peace. The workshops are usually carried out as exchanges of experience between peers participating in national and international events such as the Regional Forum of Training and Socialization Meetings

Red Mujer joined Huairou Commission in 2000 to be a part of collective voices of women worldwide and give voices to grassroots women. Moreover, the organization wanted to establish an agenda for securing basic services in the informal settlements in post-conflict societies with the help of Huairou.


Red para el Desarrollo Tecnologico atravez de Practicas Innovadoras

DESATEPIN is a national federation in Nicaragua accounting for 580 members and 5 affiliated grassroots groups of 5 Municipalities and 18 communities. The main focus in the organization is around resilience and governance, environment and sustainable agriculture, agroecological practices and alliances.

DESATEPIN organizes trainings with the main leaders in the communities on leadership and organization capacity building, agroecology techniques, strengthening the work of grassroots women, and conducting networking sessions. The grassroots groups are also given the autonomy to exchange experience and enrich their knowledge with the other members and organizations.

DESATEPIN became a member of Huairou Commission (HC) in 2014 to be a part of the global network supporting the grassroots movement, as well as to use HC tools in enhancing grassroots women’s and organizational capacity.



Safetipin is a social enterprise based in India. Safetipin works with 15 consolidated members in urban and peri-urban areas on the issues of governance and women’s safety. The organization aims to increase women’s participation in decision-making and policy creation processes. Moreover, Safetipin works on creating safer and more inclusive public spaces for women in cities.

Together with the main partners,Jagori and UN Women, Safetipin works on women’s empowerment and facilitates capacity building through providing workshops on technology, tools and platforms to support NGO’s and grassroots women’s groups.

Safetipin became a member of Huairou Commission (HC) in 2015 to join the global grassroots movement and assist peer organizations on improving women’s safety globally.


Seke Rural Home Based Care

Seke Rural Home Based Care (SRHBC) is a grassroots organization located in Zimbabwe. SRHBC works with more than 3000 members and 4 organizations on HIV/AIDS, resilience, land and housing, and governance in rural and peri-urban regions.

SRHBC’s main areas of work are transformation of power relations and decision-making mechanisms through mentoring and advocacy; support for the elevation of various women to position of decision making; and promoting increased women’s participation in policy-making, sustainable development, climate change, and sustainable agriculture. This work has led to grassroots women being involved in global advocacy work, the Huairou Commission’s Grassroots Academy, the UNISDR conference in Abuja and various other international conferences.

In terms of women’s capacity building, SRHBC links the groups with service providers, line ministries and other stakeholders depending on the need of the particular group at any particular time.

SRHBC joined Huairou Commission in 2004.


Servicios Educativos El Agustino (SEA)

Servicios Educativos El Agustino (SEA) is a facilitating NGO in Peru. SEA has 16 affiliated organizations focusing on issues of resilience, land and housing, good governance, environment, and youth. The organization is engaged in rural, urban and peri-urban settings in Peru.

SEA’s thematic work is in facilitating the empowerment of grassroots women through integral community and neighborhood development. SEA facilitates capacity building through programs and trainings. With core partners like Central de Bancos Comunales, CONAMOVIDI and the Women’s Network Organized from Lima East, SEA conduct workshops on education, skills training, and leadership for the grassroots and communities. Additionally, SEA cooperates with the grassroots organizations to develop a joint evaluation process to assess outcomes of each year.   

SEA became a member of  Huairou Commission (HC) in 2007 to promote and empower women, women’s rights, as well as to support the global grassroots women’s movement.


Shibuye Community Health Workerk

Shibuye Community Health Workers (SCHW) is community based organization in Kenya accounting for 2040 members and 119 affiliated organizations that are engaged in issues of good governance, HIV/AIDS, land and housing, women, livelihood and resilience in rural areas of the country.

In terms of the women’s capacity building, SCHW trains grassroots women as trainers, expands the skills and learning abilities of the local community, and develops community driven approaches to addressing problems and challenges affecting the community. A main priority for the organization is to have grassroots women’s voices heard and efforts recognised by local and national authorities as key contributors in building resilience.

SCHW became a member of Huairou Commission in 2004 to build its network, learn from other grassroots women groups, and strengthen advocacy on issues affective grassroots women on the community and nationally.


Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP)

SSP is a facilitating NGO in India. The organization works with 17 affiliated NGOs in rural and peri-urban areas on community resilience, sustainable agriculture, community health, sustainable livelihoods and entrepreneurship.

SSP conducts grassroots leadership development programs as a priority in their work. The organization trains rural women to become leaders and change-makers of sustainable development. SSP mentors and nurtures women’s leadership in various sectors such as agriculture, livelihoods, clean energy, health, water and sanitation.

SSP has started Women Enterprise & Leadership Institute (WELI) in Maharashtra. Its main objectives are to build the entrepreneurial and leadership capacity of women who could incubate grassroots innovations in agriculture, health, and water and sanitation  among other areas and to collaborate with key stakeholders–from thelocal to the global–to support grassroots women as successful entrepreneurs and development agents.

Having joined Huairou Commission (HC) in 1996, SPP started working with grassroots communities in disaster situations. The strategy is focused on women’s leadership in building resilient communities and assisting grassroots women throughout their pathway of managing post-disaster processes.

Sistren Theatre Collective

Shibuye Community Health Workers (SCHW) is community based organization in Kenya accounting for 2040 members and 119 affiliated organizations that are engaged in issues of good governance, HIV/AIDS, land and housing, women, livelihood and resilience in rural areas of the country.

In terms of the women’s capacity building, SCHW trains grassroots women as trainers, expands the skills and learning abilities of the local community, and develops community driven approaches to addressing problems and challenges affecting the community. A main priority for the organization is to have grassroots women’s voices heard and efforts recognised by local and national authorities as key contributors in building resilience.

SCHW became a member of Huairou Commission in 2004 to build its network, learn from other grassroots women groups, and strengthen advocacy on issues affective grassroots women on the community and nationally.


Slum Women’s Initiative for Development

Slum Women’s Initiative for Development (SWID) is a network established in Uganda. SWID focuses its work in urban, rural and peri-urban areas engaging 600 members and 12 affiliated organizations in women’s acquisition of land and housing, economic empowerment of grassroots women through the revolving loan fund and locally led initiatives. The organization utilizes the Local-to-Local Dialogue methodology to help  grassroots women keep leaders accountable.

SWID assists local grassroots women in capacity building through the development of resource materials and by working closely with the grassroots women’s groups. The organization identifies the women to participate in empowerment activities and events such as training on the ability to lead peer learning and exchange of experience sessions.

SWID became a member of Huairou Commission (HC) in 2008 because of the common areas of operation, interest in grassroots movement and women’s empowerment. Since then, SWID has connected with the other grassroots organizations and networks to strengthen women’s representation in politics in Uganda.


Women in Cities International

Women in Cities International (WCI) is a non profit organization in Canada. WIC engages 250 consolidated members in urban areas in the global north and global south on the issues of safety, urban planning, governance, inclusion, development, diversity in political representation, and inclusion of different social groups (youth, elderly people, people with disabilities, different races) in policy making.


WCI partners with grassroots women’s groups for local implementation of joint program initiatives. The grassroots groups play important roles in deciding which programs will be the most important for the local community, as well as how to implement and adapt them. WCI also provides peer learning and skills building workshops on leadership and organizational management for grassroots leaders as a fundamental to the success of the working process.


WCI became a member of Huairou Commission in 2003 because both organizations share a common vision of women’s empowerment, aim to develop a stronger grassroots movement and advocate for women’s equal rights.


Uganda Community Based Association for Women and Children’s Welfare (UCOBAC)

UCOBAC is a facilitating NGO in Uganda. The organization has 2000 members and 50 affiliated grassroots organizations engaged in rural and urban areas in health issues, resilience, land and housing, governance, and supporting orphans and other vulnerable children. The main partners of UCOBAC are Kawempe Home Based Care Alliance, Slum Women Initiative for Development, AWARE-Uganda, LUCOHECO, Mbuya Home Care Alliance, Kiboga Community Paralegal Association, Mityana Community Paralegal Association, Mubende Community Paralegal Association, Canadian Feed the Children, and American Jewish World Service.

As a facilitating NGO, UCOBAC partners with grassroots women’s groups to implement initiatives at the grassroots level, coordinate groups during capacity building processes and peer learning exchanges, and promote other empowerment methodologies like Local-to-Local Dialogues. Moreover, UCOBAC introduces Huairou Commission’s diamond methodology to the other grassroots groups.

UCOBAC became a member of Huairou Commission in 1995.

Women’s Network of Lima

Women’s Network of Lima (WNL) is a organization that is a member of a national network in Peru. WNL became a member of Huairou Commission (HC) to connect with others on an international level and to join the global grassroots movement.

WNL has 16 affiliated organizations that work together on  health, housing and land, good governance, safe cities and climate change. The organization works directly with grassroots leaders on capacity building for women in communities through learning programs with local authorities and academia and through peer exchange sessions. The grassroots women leaders are provided with the skills and education on tools for improving the environment, protecting women’s rights and making rural women’s voice heard. All sessions and workshops are developed in partnership with institutions and networks of Peru.

WNL strategic target is to increase women’s participation and representation in political and socio-economic life at local and national levels.



YAKKUM is a facilitating NGO in Indonesia, accounting for 30 members, 57 affiliated grassroots organizations and 250 community based organizations in urban, rural and peri-urban areas. YAKKUM is also a member of ACT Alliance, ADRRN, Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS), Humanitarian Forum Indonesia (HFI), and GNDR. Thematic areas for the organization are resilience, sustainable and inclusive development, emergency capacity building, and leadership.

YAKKUM’s policy priorities are in the area of community resilience, monitoring the progress of implementation of global frameworks such as New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, and inclusive development. These policy priorities are brought to life through Local-to-Local Dialogues, consulting meetings with national governments and main the partners of YAKKUM, such as the National Agency for Disaster Management, and the Local DRR Platform.

Regarding the women’s capacity building initiatives, YAKKUM provides relevant training and mentoring to grassroots women, engages grassroots leaders in policy making, facilitates peer learning, and creates space for campaign.



Yellowknife is a grassroots organization located in Canada. Yellowknife became a member of Huairou Commission (HC) in 2006 to engage in conversation with other grassroots women working for change in their communities.Yellowknife wanted to bring issues of concern to the global stage and to share their experience to demonstrate the great capacity and leadership of grassroots women.

Yellowknife works with 250 consolidated members and 5 affiliated organizations in rural, urban and remote locations of Canada on the issues of governance in a form of indigenous self demonstration, land and housing rights, resilience and gender violence.

The main focus of the organization is indigenous people’s rights. Yellowknife is structured around building the leadership, technical and political skills and expertise of indigenous women. It operates from a peer mentoring construct and has life skills and employment training programs that place women in meaningful and decent jobs.


Zambia Homeless and Poor People’s Federation

Zambia Homeless and Poor People’s Federation (ZHPPF) is a community-based organization. ZHPPF has 48,000 members and 561 affiliated organizations in 53 districts in Zambia. The main policy and advocacy initiatives for the organization are low-cost housing, land access and land rights, security of tenure, poverty alleviation, and water sanitation.

ZHPPF works on women’s empowerment by training, exchanges and learning through sharing of ideas and practices among grassroots women and grassroots organizations. Regarding political areas, women are supported by dialogues with local authorities, one-on-one meetings with governmental agencies, as well as through forums.

ZHPPF became a member of Huairou Commission (HC) in 2009. ZHPPF and HC share the common values of supporting grassroots women, empowering women and inclusive and sustainable urban development.


Participatory Development Action Program (PDAP)

Participatory Development Action Program (PDAP) is a facilitating NGO in Bangladesh. PDAP works with 500 members and 10 grassroots organizations on the issues of resilience, land and housing, governance, as well as women’s empowerment in urban and peri-urban areas.

The main policy and advocacy priorities for the organization is women’s empowerment. Through community resilience projects, women leaders are empowered to change their community setting, and trained leaders are able to contact local government representatives to solve basic needs. Moreover, PDAP facilitates relationships between local government and grassroots women’s organizations through mutual workshops, experience exchanges, seminars and rallies.

Having heard that Huairou Commission (HC) works with poor, disadvantaged women and grassroots women, PDAP became a member in 2005. Since then, PDAP conducted a wide range of programs together with HC on sustainable and inclusive development of communities and cities across Bangladesh.

Rwanda Women Community Development Network (RWN)

Rwanda Women Community Development Network (RWN) is a facilitating NGO in Rwanda. RWD works with 2,165 consolidated members and 88 cooperatives, associations and groups across urban and rural settings of Rwanda on governance, HIV/AIDS, and land and housing.

The policy and advocacy priorities for RWD are women’s empowerment, access and control of production means, land and finance, social norm change in relation to gender equality, gender based violence and women’s safety, women’s leadership and contribution to inclusive governance, SDGs, and decent work conditions.

Having become a partner of Huairou Commission (HC) in the late 1990s, RWN works with grassroots women on the program areas directly linked to HC’s different campaigns and programs: HIV/AIDS, gender based violence and women and girls’ safety in public spaces, women and land, and having grassroots women’s voice contributing directly to national, regional and global policy discussions and formulation.