National Urban Policies have become something of a hot topic in urban development: they are identified in the New Urban Agenda (NUA) as “drivers of change,” and are highlighted in the recent Action Framework for the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda (AFINUA) as one of five essential elements to propel NUA implementation at the country level.
In order to better document grassroots women’s leadership in solving issues in their informal settlements, and to understand their priorities in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a team led by Lene Egeli, Global Organizer for Huairou, conducted focus group discussions in two of the biggest slum settlements in Nairobi: Kibera and Mathare.
Emerging from the Africa Regional Meeting as a strong team, the Huairou delegation entered the twenty-sixth session of the UN-Habitat Governing Council (GC26, held 8-12 May 2017) in full force. In the open hallways of the beautiful United Nations Offices in Nairobi, grassroots women leaders from across the region interfaced with diplomats and policymakers with a mission to ensure the urban agency retains and expands its focus on gender and women’s empowerment.
The Huairou Commission is proud to participate in the seventh annual International Anti-Street Harassment Week, observed from April 2 to 8. We are joining groups in more than 35 countries who are participating in the awareness-raising week to tackle the prevalent social problem of street harassment.
Working under the priority theme “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work,” thousands of women’s activists gathered in New York from March 14th to 24th for the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). The Huairou Commission was delighted to welcome delegates from twelve countries of Africa, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Even though Winter Storm Stella stopped all UN activities for a day, Huairou delegates brought ardent spirit and dedication, meeting all day at the Living Learning Center in Brooklyn to focus on their policy activism and organizing at CSW and beyond.
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.