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Huairou Commission
Huairou Commission
Civil Society Organization


249 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211-4905 USA
United States


The Huairou Commission develops strategic partnerships and linkages among grassroots women’s organizations, advancing their capacity to collectively influence political spaces on behalf of their communities and enhance their sustainable, resilient community development practices.


The Huairou Commission is a global membership and partnership coalition that empowers grassroots women's organizations to enhance their community development practice and to exercise collective political power at the global level.

Driven by grassroots women's organizations from around the world, the members and partners of the Huairou Commission believe it is in the best interest of local communities and the global development field for grassroots women leaders to expand their participation and leadership in community development work on the issues that affect their daily lives. Huairou Commission members and partners believe grassroots women's participation in local to global decision-making is a reliable route to achieving gender equitable, pro-poor policies and investments.

The Huairou Commission is structured as a global membership coalition of women's networks, non governmental and grassroots women's organizations in more than 50 countries. HC has institutional and individual partners who share our political vision and commit to concrete, ongoing work with the Huairou Commission, leveraging and sharing their credibility, information and resources to advance grassroots women's position and priorities. HC establishes and models transformative partnerships between grassroots women and professionals.


Katia Araujo


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IP women challenge the intersection of gender and land rights inequalities

Reports & Research
October, 2023

This case study highlights the vulnerability of women in Fiaferana, who are disadvantaged, first, by their gender and indigenous heritage, and second, by their lack of tenure security in the midst of climate change. However, the women of Fiaferana have met these overlapping  challenges head-on through innovative and empowering strategies, including sustainable land use management.

Key Messages and Recommendations for the Expert Group Meeting on Women's Land Rights

Conference Papers & Reports
June, 2017

We are a diverse group, women and men, from all regions of the world who came together in this EGM convened by Global Land Indicators Initiative, UN Habitat, Oxfam, Landesa, Huairou Commission and UN Women. We are from governments including national statistical organizations and land agencies, multi-lateral agencies, civil society organizations, including women’s organizations and groups that met on July 8 – 9, 2017 to discuss women’s land rights in the context of the SDGs.

Expert Group Meeting: Securing Women's Land Rights In The SDGs Monitoring Framework

Conference Papers & Reports
June, 2017

This Expert Group Meeting (EGM1 ) was convened with the purpose of examining land indicators in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promoting meaningful and harmonised approaches to monitoring women’s land rights (WLR)2 . It was convened by the Global Land Indicators Initiative (GLII) of the GLTN, UN Habitat, and Oxfam with inputs and assistance from Landesa, UN Women and Huairou Commission as part of a process of work on the development of methodologies for the land related SDG indicator monitoring.

Engendering Access to Justice. Grassroots Women’s Approaches to Securing Land Rights

Reports & Research
June, 2014

Report presents grassroots women’s approaches to access justice with a focus on land and property rights in Africa. This community empowerment-based research undertaken by the Huairou Commission and its partner groups across 7 African countries – Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe – showcases women’s rights challenges and effective strategies to improve women’s access to justice. These groups are making an impact through strategies such as community mapping exercises, local-to-local dialogues, and developing community watchdogs and training community paralegals.

Community Mapping: A How-To Handbook for Grassroots Women's Organisations

Training Resources & Tools
January, 2007

This handbook is based on the experiences of the Huairou Commission the Women's Land Link Africa in using community mapping with groups of women. Community mapping allows grassroots women to assess and record the community's needs and assets and to imagine new solutions to the issues they are facing. The handbook provides through and practical guidelines for various community mapping methods.

You can find this publication on the website of the Huairou Commission.