The Latin America Women and Habitat Network is made up of institutions and women committed to the promotion of women’s rights and to greater gender equity in the field of habitat.

Its organization consists in a regional coordinator, representatives of institutions of diverse Latin American countries, and individual female members. The Women and Habitat Network coordinates work and shares focuses and goals with women’s organizations affiliated with the Habitat International Coalition (HIC) in the English-speaking Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Since its formation in 1989, the Women and Habitat Network has advanced in the development of knowledge and actions related to women’s right to land, housing, and the city.

The Network has implemented regional programs, with the participation of institutions and women’s networks from various countries. The actions realized address the following issues:

- Right to housing and the city: territorial, cultural, and legal dimensions.
- Women’s right to safe cities.
- Local development and territorial management.
- Public spaces and urban services: differential impact based on gender.
- Daily life and use of time.
- Governability and citizenship: the role of local governments and public policies.
- Structural adjustment programs and poverty in Latin America and their impact on women.
- Credit and finance programs.

The Latin America Women and Habitat Network proposes:

* Producing knowledge related to gender-differential problematics in access to land, housing, urban services, safety in the city, and participation in local management, with emphasis on situations of poverty and social inequity that affect women in the region.

* Developing initiatives, programs, and projects that contribute to bettering women’s living conditions in human settlements.

* Strengthening women’s leadership, demands, and dialogue with local governments to promote their citizenship and drive change in their living conditions.

*Awareness raising, training, and cooperative work with civil society organizations and municipal employees and politicians to influence public policies, programs, and projects in the field of habitat and territory from a gender-equity perspective.

* Disseminate and exchange knowledge and experiences in the field of habitat from a gender perspective, through publications, web sites, workshops and seminars, and participation in international events and forums.

* Coordinate actions with other women’s networks and feminist networks in Latin America and other continents with the goal of influencing governments’ agendas and promoting the fulfillment of their international commitments related to equal opportunity policies for women.

* Combine forces with other social movements and organizations, driving actions and proposals at local, regional, and international levels for a more fair and equitable society for men and women.

Regional and international spaces to which the Network is party:

The Network participates in spaces of regional and international articulation, such as the Huairou Commission, a network of networks whose objective is strengthening women’s organizations to promote sustainable communities and uniting forces for the fulfillment of governments’ commitments to women.

The Network also forms part of the MARCOSUR Feminist Articulation, a space made up of diverse regional networks that proposes consolidating a line of thinking to potentiate women’s political participation in processes of regional integration and in defense of their rights. The Women and Habitat Network also participates in regional and international campaigns that push for the fulfillment of social, economic, and cultural rights of all citizens, with particular attention to women’s as yet unmet rights.


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