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Grassroots women have developed powerful community empowerment tools and methods over the years. They have created effective, efficient, multi-purpose, sustainable approaches to community development and movement building all over the world. The tools below have been used and adapted by women in the Huairou Commission and have survived the test of time. They have grown out of the values and vision of grassroots and neighborhood women and are embedded in the Huairou Commission’s Pathway of Change.


They share three important criteria:


  1. They are women-centered and promote long-term processes of empowerment.

  2. They lead to tangible results that can be sustained over time.

  3. They have proven to be easily adaptable to local situations and solutions.


Each tool is oriented toward leadership, partnership and movement building and increases the voice and visibility of grassroots women as experts, researchers, organizers and teachers.