The Huairou Commission develops strategic partnerships and linkages among grassroots women’s organizations, advancing their capacity to collectively influence political spaces on behalf of their communities and enhance their sustainable, resilient community development practices.
The Huairou Commission champions inclusive global development that center-stages grassroots women as decision-makers. Our coalition supports grassroots women’s organizations with resources and tools to expand their leadership capacity, as well as platforms to share their voices, strategies, and successes with other grassroots women around the world.
The Huairou Commission is a global coalition of women’s networks, INGOs, and grassroots women’s organizations. Members and partners of the coalition are committed to empowering grassroots women’s organizations to enhance their community development practices and exercise collective power at the global level. Our coalition believes that when grassroots women leaders expand their participation and leadership in community development work, local communities and the global development field enormously benefit. We approach our work in an open and inclusive manner, ensuring that grassroots women are driving the processes that lead to change in their communities. By sharing information and resources with grassroots women’s organizations, Huairou Commission members and partners advance grassroots women’s position and priorities through a transformative partnership model.
The Huairou Commission has held consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations since 2005 and is associated with the Department of Public Information. Huairou actively participates in UN conferences and processes on the global stage. In these spaces, the Huairou Commission has achieved significant international recognition for bringing grassroots women to the center stage of development. Since 1996, we have promoted self-representation of grassroots women in global conferences such as Habitat III, the World Urban Forum, the UN Commission on Status of Women, UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, and International and Regional AIDS Conferences. The Huairou Commission also brought grassroots women’s voices into Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) advocacy campaign, which led to the historic creation of UN Women in 2010. By developing tools of learning, exchange and engagement, we also work to enhance the capacity of grassroots women leaders to create sustainable development action on the ground. These tools include community mapping, Local-to-Local dialogues, peer learning exchanges, and Grassroots Academies. Our Grassroots Academy methodology won the Dubai Best Practices Award in 2006.
In all of our work, the Huairou Commission focuses on building in-depth relationships among its members, creating a culture of shared values and respect across nationalities, ethnicities, race, class and religion. In addition to coalition building, the Huairou Commission holds consultative status with the UN and actively participates in UN conferences and processes. While our global secretariat is located in Brooklyn, NY, the main governing structure of the Huairou Commission is the Global Advisory Board, made up of representatives from our 6 main Member Networks.