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Strong Leaders

The Huairou Commission’s work is organized around four key areas:

  1. Strengthening Grassroots Women’s Organizing and Leadership;

  2. Promoting Development through Awareness and Locally-Led Initiatives;

  3. Build Constituencies and Networks;

  4. Influence and Change Public Policy Processes.


The first area, Strengthening Women’s Leadership, is the foundation for each of the others. Grassroots women leaders with access to the intellectual, emotional, social and technical supports of their peers and allies effect significant positive change—from innovations in climate resilience to relationship building with government officials to changing policies and laws to secure women’s right to land ownership.
One of our most important leadership development tools is the Leadership Support Process (LSP), a leadership capacity building and support model developed by grassroots women, for grassroots women. LSP tools are simple but powerful, practical ideas and methods that support grassroots women as they become more effective advocates for themselves and their communities. LSP builds strong organizations, partnerships and movements by developing connected, reflective and empowered individual leaders.
There are 5 Elements of the Leadership Support Process (LSP):

  1. We start with VALUES and VISION

  2. We set GROUP STANDARDS together. We make BASIC AGREEMENTS

  3. We respect and support ourselves and each other as LEADERS

  4. We become PRINCIPLED PARTNERS by honoring DIVERSITY.

  5. We use APPRECIATION and PARTICIPATORY meeting methods