ASOCIACION DE COORDINACION PARA EL DESARROLLO INTEGRAL DE MUJERES MAYAS SAMAJELA’ TAQ’ IXOQUI’ (CODIMM)
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 (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 BrumasLas 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.