Women of the World Prepare for Habitat III
WORLDWIDE. With only seven weeks left until the start of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), we take the opportunity to highlight some of the many efforts undertaken by our network members on the road to Quito.
“La ciudad también debería crear comunidad. (The city should also create community.)” – Diocelinda Iza, Organización de Mujeres Indígenas y Campesinas Sembrando Esperanza (OMICSE)
Sports for Peace in Nairobi Slums: Polycom Development Project Polycom Development Project, in collaboration with Wamama Wa Amani, began monthly peace games in May in Kibera, Nairobi, ahead of Kenya’s general elections. Building off of the theme of their October 2015 Urban Thinkers Campus “Wamama Tunauwezo” (Women Have the Power), Polycom Executive Director Jane Anyango has organized women living in slum communities to take on the position of peacemakers and to put an end to all forms of violence that emerge during the political process, which historically place women’s safety, livelihoods, and property at risk. The organizing tool being utilized? Volleyball. Grassroots women working with organizations in Kibera have formed teams that convene to engage in peace and safety discussions, undertake team-building activities, play volleyball, and cheer together. The games thus far have proven to be an important opportunity to link the various ongoing projects on the ground to peacebuilding and sustainable urban development.