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Leadership Tool: Community Mapping

Huairou Promotes Powerful Leadership Tools for Women to Create Change

The Huairou Commission promotes tools and methodologies that allow grassroots women to recognize, value and exchange their knowledge and practices, using them as a basis for advocacy. We believe in the power of horizontal peer learning, which empowers, educates and encourages our members to trust their own thinking.

Mapping Gives Women Critical Information About Their Communities

Mapping places grassroots women at the center of information collection by empowering them to undertake critical evaluations of their communities. Through participatory processes, often involving the entire community, grassroots women assess their environment by analyzing their vulnerabilities and resources in relation to such issues as natural disasters, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and women’s access to land and housing. The information gleaned from mapping is used as a critical component in engendering sustainable, effective change.