In the days leading up to the Habitat III Conference, the Huairou Commission hosted an International Grassroots Academy in partnership with our local host in Ecuador, the Luna Creciente Women’s Movement.
More than 115 Huairou members and partners from 35 countries will travel to the Habitat III conference in Quito this week, bringing with them expansive expertise in social movements and grassroots change. Our large delegation is primed to ensure that the Habitat III Conference center-stages the diversity of our women’s movement and strengthens our 20 years of work on cities and human settlements.
New York, NY. The priority theme of the the 60th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60), the first following the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), challenged governments to recognize the importance of the link between empowering women and the achievement of the ambitious ‘Global Goals’. Not only is there a singular SDG dedicated to “Achieve[ing] gender equality and empower[ing] all women and girls,” highlighted as Goal 5, there is no one Goal that can be accomplished without the dedicated inclusion of women into Member States’ implementation and monitoring efforts of each goal. Huairou Commission’s (HC) leadership at CSW60 over its two weeks from 14 to 24 March 2016 brought much needed grassroots women’s voices to into this important conversation.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC. Shortly after the Habitat III Africa Regional Meeting, the Habitat III Europe and North America Regional Meeting was held in Prague from 16 to 18 March 2016. Members states, stakeholders and partners worked together at the meeting to produce the outcome Prague Declaration. The regional gathering was preceded by the 14th meeting of the World Urban Campaign (WUC) Steering Committee on the 15th and 16th where WUC’s The City We Need 2.0 draft document was adopted. The City We Need 2.0 will inform the General Assembly of Partners’ input to the zero draft of the New Urban Agenda and details 10 principles of the city the New Urban Agenda should follow. The principles were developed using the results of the 26 Urban Thinkers Campuses throughout the world, of which Huairou Commission co-organised the only four Campuses examining gender and women’s empowerment.
ABUJA, NIGERIA. Last month, the Huairou Commission (HC), Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) and Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI) partnership propelled women and grassroots participation in the Habitat III Africa Regional Meeting from the 24 to 26 of February 2016. Women leaders began arriving earlier that week to host a prep session to strategize their participation on the 22 of Feb and held a pre-meeting for multiple stakeholders on the 23rd. A joint delegation of women and three men attended the meeting to advance women, slum dweller and informal workers’ priorities to the governments, institutions and other stakeholders gathered in Abuja.
We wish all our members, partners and supporters Happy International Women’s Day 2016!
For Huairou Commission, this year marks our 20th of continuous advocacy for gender-responsive and pro-poor policies, where we have strived to amplify the women’s voice in the human settlements movement and the human settlements and the community voice in the women’s movement. We have been at the forefront of successive policy reviews, and established strong partnership platforms, advocacy tools and institutional linkages to engage key decision makers for shifting policy--making paradigms that recognize the role of grassroots women as critical designers, implementers, and monitors of sustainable urban development. As a result, in 2015, grassroots women’s constituencies now are recognized as an essential civil society partner in the process leading to the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban development (Habitat III) and the adoption of the New Urban Agenda.