In view of the current crisis situation of the CoVid-19 and the far-reaching measures announced by the States, Habitat International Coalition wishes to send a message of solidarity but also to call on Social Justice in the fight against the virus. Once again, we are facing a global challenge that must be faced from the perspective of social justice and Human Rights.
In the following weeks, many more states will implement measures that will impact all citizens. At stake is whether the measures taken rescue people rather than economic interests. In this context, we call for the recognition, defence and full implementation of the right of everyone to a secure place in which to live in peace and dignity with the following aspects:
Social Justice – protection of the most vulnerable: homeless people and those living without adequate housing are a very affected group in this crisis. We call upon local and national governments and the international community to address the critical needs of people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic outbreak.
Moratorium on the payment of rent. Again, the most vulnerable sectors of the population will not be able to pay the rent and for many others, this will become a major burden in a context where the economy is beginning to stagnate and income is decreasing.
Moratorium on mortgage payments. The collection of debts and interest by financial institutions from individuals, families and small businesses must be stopped.
Stop forced evictions. now more than ever any violations of habitat rights, often committed in the name of “development” and “improvement of the quality of life” must be stopped
It’s time to call for the value of public services and commons, and to take advantage of this crisis to stop the privatization of these essential services. Now it’s time to Intervene all private health resources and put them at the service of the general interest.
HIC calls for this global health challenge to become an opportunity for social change, putting people at the centre, protecting the human rights of all people and addressing it through solidarity, justice, networking and global support.
Corporación SUR – Segundo Foro Global Ciudades y Coronavirus: Los Impactos de las Políticas (Second Global Cities and Coronavirus Forum: The Impacts of Policy). Video of the presentation by Ana Sugranyes (HIC/Ciudad Común) y Alfredo Rodríguez (Corporación SUR): Video / Presentation: QuédateEnCasa, Graphic
At this time of the COVID-19 crisis, more than half of Angola’s populations do not have access to piped potable water for consumption or basic hygiene in their homes. Many of the most vulnerable families obtain water from community standposts and wells with handpumps or have to buy water from water vendors. The maintenance of the supply of water to Angola’s most vulnerable families, living in high-density slums (where the Corona-virus could spread rapidly) is of the utmost importance. Development Workshop has promoted community water committees and trained women caretakers as water managers in key provinces across the country. At this time of the COVID-19 pandemic the role of community water managers has become pivotal, but also a high-risk activity. Development Workshop is leading an emergency action to mitigate the transmission of the Corona-virus through the highly critical point of water-collection to Angola’s most vulnerable communities. The protection of front-line “water caretakers” is a main objective, as is the prevention of virus transmission at the water-collection point where people are obliged to meet. The action also uses the network of water committees to mount a public campaign on hygiene and anti-COVID-19 education.
Presentación de los resultados del proyecto «Reconstrucción Integral y Social del Hábitat en el Istmo de Tehuantepec»
Un espacio para reflexionar desde distintas perspectivas sobre la experiencia de acompañamiento en la emergencia por los temblores y los retos actuales en el marco de la pandemia por COVID–19 de Cooperación Comunitaria.
Post COVID-19 Urban Futures webinar series – No. 6 Hosted by: Adriana Allen & Julia Wesely co-organised with the Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) programme and Habitat International Coalition (HIC)
Des militants du Droit au Logement organisent deux journées d’action le 30 & 31 mai pour demander le gel des loyers, une saison blanche des expulsions et la réquisition des logements vides
30 et 31 mai
Conversación: Cooperación Comunitaria sobre la reconstrucción del Mural Códice Humboldt Fragmento 1 / Códice Azoyú Reverso2 Mariana Castillo
Mural Códice Humboldt Fragmento 1 / Códice Azoyú Reverso 2, para dos edificios comunitarios de la montaña de Guerrero. Un proyecto de Mariana Castillo Deball en colaboración con las comunidades de Malinaltepec y Cooperación Comunitaria.
Webinar: Eviction response during and after COVID-19
Land Rights and COVID-19 webinar and discussion series was presented by Land Portal, Landesa, the Global Protection Cluster HLP AOR and GIZ, with organizing support from Environmental Peacebuilding Association, LANDac, New America and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The 2nd webinar in the series on Eviction response during and after COVID-19 will took place on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020. The webinar was co-hosted by the the Environmental Peacebulding Association, GIZ, the UNHCR’s Global Protection Cluster on Housing, Land and Property (HLP) Area of Responsibility (AoR), LANDac, Landesa, the Land Portal Foundation, New America and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) on Eviction response during and after COVID-19.
YUVA Webinar ‘Indian Cities and the Nation-wide Lockdown’
This webinar series ‘Indian Cities and the Nation-wide Lockdown’ will focus on the pandemic, its resultant lockdown and the impact on lives and livelihoods of the urban poor, vis-à-vis local responses (both government and non-government). Register and join the discussion!
The Israeli Occupation is alive and well under COVID-19 lockdown
Israeli violations in the occupied Palestinian territory have skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic. Mondoweiss’ Palestine correspondent Yumna Patel will speak with representatives of rights groups Al-Haq and Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel about how the rights of Palestinians in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory continue to be violated on a daily basis.
The cycle of interviews of Mother Earth “How we think the habitat” continues. To address and discuss gender issues in relation to habitat, we will talk to academic and feminist activist Ana Falú
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As the COVID-19 emergency hits Africa, HIC called for a virtual meeting with all Members in the region to establish a space for collective learning and action. In the meeting, HIC Members voiced their concerns and experiences, as well as the measures already being taken in their countries. The meeting also served to hear Members’ needs and how the Coalition could support their national and regional efforts.