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Goals

To have healthy, improved and sustainable human settlements for women in low-income communities. HIC-WAS works worldwide for the same goal, each region focusing its work according to their own priorities.

Africa

1. Equal rights for women to access, control and own land and property,

2. Equal right of inheritance for men and women.

Strategies:

  • lobbying for change of laws that discriminate against women;
  • conducting campaigns, seminars/workshops for awareness creation among women and men;
  • supporting networking through exchange visits, newsletters and meetings.

3. Poverty eradication
Strategies:

  • encourage women’s savings schemes,
  • establish credit mechanisms,
  • encourage women to start small businesses and/or work on their farms and have control over their products and earnings.

4. Training to increase women’s access to construction and other related skills.
 
Strategies:

  • provide technical assistance/encourage development of special construction skills training for women,
  • help create job opportunities for women in the field.

5. Access to safe drinking water, sanitation and other basic services

Strategies:

  • encourage young girls to study subjects related to construction, environment and infrastructure;
  • conduct campaigns for safe drinking water; i.e. train/encourage proper community management of water sources.
Asia

1. Monitoring of evictions due to infrastructure / speculation in urban areas displacing thousands of families
 
Strategies:

  • emergency relief for women-headed households, destitute families;
  • legal/media assistance;
  • organising committees to negotiate for in-city relocation;
  • support network/federations in negotiations/mass actions to pressure government to refrain from evictions where there are no resettlement or livelihood options, school,  health care, water, sanitation or other facilities.

2.  Support people’s organisations livelihood credit/savings initiatives via capability building, finance networking to expand livelihood options through credit facilities;
3. Support for local and national exchange among grassroots organisations through strategic visits; new settler assistance programs; support for, and upgrading of communication facilities;
4. Support for Gender Agenda Advocacy with league of city mayors/local authorities.

Strategies:

  • production and distribution of materials, publications; conducting seminars/workshops for local executives in supporting/developing gender-sensitive policy mechanisms.

Caribbean

1. Equal right of women of access, control and own land and property;
2. Right to housing and fight against evictions;
3. Access to safe drinking water, sanitation and other basic services;
4. Savings and credit facilities by and for women;
5. Local governance and local power with a gender perspective;
6. Economic models and poverty eradication.

Latin America

1.  Human right to adequate housing;
2. Access to credit for the construction and improvement of housing, especially for low-income women heads of households, widows, single women and women victims of forced eviction due to violent situations;
3. Impact of the economic and structural adjustment policies on the women living in poverty, especially privatisation process affecting access to basic services such as water and sanitation;
4. The participation in the decision-making processes, especially at the local level.