Habitat III, Huairou Commission

Huairou’s Mission in Quito: Champion Women’s Voices in the New Urban Agenda


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.

Huairou is Committed to Empowering Grassroots Women in the New Urban Agenda

Grassroots women are integral to localizing and monitoring the commitments made in the New Urban Agenda, and Huairou is committed to supporting their leadership in this process. Prior to the conference, 50 leaders from our delegation will arrive in Quito for our International Grassroots Academy “Community Innovations for Resilient and Sustainable Urbanization” to consolidate their collective messages and share best practices for implementation. An additional 35 leaders from our network, as part of the Habitat III Grassroots Legacy, are tasked with bringing conference outputs back to their communities, galvanizing local inputs, and bringing the New Urban Agenda to life at the local level.

Build new partnerships for a Women’s New Urban Agenda

With the New Urban Agenda written and agreed upon, the Habitat III conference will focus on implementation. Our delegation will reinforce the Agenda’s commitments, and work to build new partnerships for grassroots women at the conference, encouraging closer ties with important institutions such as the General Assembly of Partners, National Democratic Institute, World Resources Institute, Avina Foundation, Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), Women in Informal Employment: Organizing and Globalizing (WIEGO), and so many others.


Huairou Women Leaders Will Represent and Protect Women’s Priorities at Habitat III

The past 2 years have seen exhaustive consultative work around the world, in which women of all backgrounds have determined their priorities within the New Urban Agenda. Huairou’s delegates will represent and protect those priorities at the Habitat III conference, and advocate for empowering, gender-responsive solutions throughout our many events.


Our Advocacy Events at the Conference Include:


“Building Implementable Partnerships to Realize the New Urban Agenda: Grassroots to Institutional Levels”

Networking Event: October 17, 2:00-4:00pm, Casa de la Cultura Room MR18 
This event aims to lLay foundations for strong alliances between grassroots organizations, donors, and other stakeholders in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.


“From Rhetoric to Reality: Cities That Respond to the Needs of All”

Side Event: October 19, 11:00am-12:00pm, Casa de la Cultura Room MR17

This event will define equity and inclusion in sustainable urbanization, examine informal settlements against prevailing rhetoric, and present best practices honoring the right to live in the city.


“Grassroots Women Call for Ecological and Resilient Cities: Integrating the Localization of the New Urban Agenda and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR)”

Networking Event: October 19, 2:00-4:00pm, Casa de la Cultura Room 7

The event will present grassroots women’s implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, showcasing how to localize policy processes to be gender-responsive and inclusive so that communities are not the object of development programs but the main agents of resilience building.