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  • The ‘Champions for Transformative Leadership’ Initiative: Kenyan Grassroots Women as Agents of Change - HDRNet
    on Human Development and International Cooperation 3 1 ISSN 2070 6790 Preview PDF Published Version Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non commercial 548Kb Official URL http www universitasforum org Abstract The Champions for Transformative Leadership Initiative Kenyan Grassroots Women as Agents of Change Within a male dominated society women were to be seen and not heard For years women s rights to speech decision making advocacy and ultimately development and empowerment have been suffocated To cater for this disconnect in 2009 the Champions for Transformative Leadership initiative under GROOTS Kenya s Women Leadership and Governance program was initially piloted in three constituencies The initiative has contributed to the achievements of MDG3 to promoting both quality and quantity of socio political participation of grassroots women This case study and accompanying video specifically examine the progress made by grassroots women in Kenya within the context of local development and women s empowerment strides made through leadership provided by the most isolated including those living with HIV and AIDS as well as the involvement of male counterparts Document Type Article Keywords grassroots women Kenya HIV AIDs women s empowerment socio political participation Topics Human rights Case studies Women s empowerment and human

    Original URL path: http://hdrnet.org/636/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Crisis to Confidence: Mahila Kisan Sasakthikaran Pariyojana - Programme for Empowerment of Women Farmers - in Vidarbha Region of Maharashtra, India - HDRNet
    Preview PDF 442Kb Official URL http www universitasforum org index php ojs Abstract In India despite being engaged in farming and farm related activities women are not recognized as farmers and have limited access to technology credit inputs market and agricultural extension services Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana MKSP an initiative of the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation MSSRF was implemented as a message of hope for women farmers The initiative recognizes women as farmers and mobilizes them into collectives at the village level The MKSP builds the capacity of women farmers to make decisions concerning their lives and livelihoods provides training on different key issues such as organizational management sustainable agricultural practices and food and nutrition security The small initiative started by MSSRF has achieved national recognition with the Government of India launching a programme under the same name in 2010 In the context of high rates of farmer suicides in India resulting in many single women farmers this case study and accompanying video analyze the experience of MKSP highlighting the results achieved major challenges and learnings Document Type Article Keywords Maharashtra Region India Women s Empowerment Women Farmers participatory governance Topics Environment and natural resources Case studies Women s

    Original URL path: http://hdrnet.org/635/ (2016-05-01)
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  • A Quarter of a Million Women in Kerala Earn Livelihoods with Dignity - HDRNet
    URL http www universitasforum org Abstract A Quarter of a Million Women in Kerala Earn Livelihoods with Dignity In a country where the problem is not only to secure food for the 237 million people who are undernourished but to secure food justice an experiment carried out as part of the Kerala s anti poverty programme Kudumbashree seem to be having major consequences for food security Under the Sangha Krishi group farming initiative as many as 44 225 collectives of women farmers have sprung up across the State creating a social space where marginalised women can collectively pursue their needs and aspirations The author discusses here the results of the initiative in terms of shifting role of women in Kerala s agriculture and in the political process enabling women to salvage their dignity and livelihoods amidst immense adversity The author highlights achievements and challenges for sustainability of Kudumbashree and concludes that the value of Sangha Krishi lies in that it has become the manifestation of a deep rooted consciousness about food justice amongst Kerala s women Document Type Article Keywords women India Kerala food security decentralization women farmers women s empowerment Topics Work and human development Case studies Local economic

    Original URL path: http://hdrnet.org/647/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Facilitating Gender Equitable Local Development: GELD Mozambique - HDRNet
    Official URL http www universitasforum org index php ojs Abstract In 2009 UN Women and the United Nations Capital Development Fund UNCDF launched the Gender Equitable Local Development GELD Programme in five African countries Mozambique Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone and Tanzania The three year Programme s central aim is to improve women s access to resources and services at the local level through gender responsive planning programming and budgeting GELD provides technical and financial support to local governments to plan budget and implement programmes to better respond to women s priorities and ultimately contributes to advancing gender equality This case study profiles GELD implementation in Mozambique describing results achieved to date with a view to share knowledge that may be useful for replication and scale up Specifically it describes the project context and key activities to revitalize local level governing structures with increased space for women participants and improve women s access to services and resources It reflects on the promising progress made to date and the challenges it has faced Document Type Article Keywords Gender Equitable Local Development GELD Women s Empowerment Gender Responsive Planning Mozambique Topics Women s empowerment and human development Case studies Democratic and participatory governance

    Original URL path: http://hdrnet.org/654/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Women Plan Toronto (1985 - 2000) and Toronto Women’s City Alliance (2004 - and struggling on): Experiences and Lessons - HDRNet
    2070 6790 Preview PDF 541Kb Official URL http www universitasforum org index php ojs Abstract This article presents the history analysis and prospects for women s capacity to engender the planning process in Toronto It recounts the origins and actions of Women Plan Toronto in the early 1980s to the Toronto Women s City Alliance campaigns setting this pioneering work against today s cut backs of transit child care and social housing and efforts to establish a Women s Equalities Office The two women s groups have been struggling to eliminate ongoing silencing discrimination inadequate safety for women and girls and violence against them They continue to strive for recognition of the importance and implications of care giving and domestic responsibilities which still burden women far more than men This inequality renders women in general but particularly single parent and minority women poorer more vulnerable disempowered and voiceless To address these issues gender implications need to be systematically taken into account in budgeting planning designing servicing and administering a City The article tells of the strategies obstacles successes and failures of women s ongoing efforts in Toronto Document Type Article Keywords Toronto Urban Planning Women s Safety Women s empowerment

    Original URL path: http://hdrnet.org/656/ (2016-05-01)
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  • WOMEN TAKE ACTION ON LAND AND PROPERTY RIGHTS: A GRASSROOTS HOUSING INITIATIVE IN HARARE, ZIMBABWE - HDRNet
    Version 421Kb Official URL http universitasforum org Abstract Realizing land and property rights is an integral aspect of poverty reduction and gender equality Land is a primary means for generating livelihood and a main vehicle for investing and accumulating wealth Since independence in 1980 the Government of Zimbabwe has been formulating policies to ensure equity and equality of land and property ownership between men and women across all ages However despite these efforts land and property rights for women in Zimbabwe remain elusive This case study and video elaborate on one of the most innovative practices that the Zimbabwe Parents of Handicapped Children Association ZPHCA has been implementing It aspires to ensure that government authorities respect protect and fulfill the rights of women guaranteeing grassroots women access to and control of land property and housing We learnt that the use of video as a mouthpiece is an important innovative practice which amplified our voices and visibility for recognition Hence it pushed the local Authority to settle our issue for the first project of 42 housing stands due to fear of negative publicity Document Type Article Keywords women land rights Zimbabwe Topics Migration and displacement Case studies Human rights Case studies

    Original URL path: http://hdrnet.org/676/ (2016-05-01)
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  • How international cooperation can support existing local development processes: The experience of the Historical Centre in Havana - HDRNet
    Attribution Non commercial No Derivatives 4Mb Official URL http www onu org cu pdhl index htm Abstract This book presents the author s experiences in managing the historical restoration of Old Havana The book analyzes how international cooperation can enhance and support rather than displace or contravene already existing processes of local development A critical tool with which it does so is participatory planning at the local level which is

    Original URL path: http://hdrnet.org/20/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Country Study - Honduras: The Birth of Citizenship and State Conscience - HDRNet
    Abstract Through the use of seven cases drawn from the experience of Honduran civic and state organizations this study has tried to make evidence available to support the idea that these is a nascent citizenship movement and a timid but promising effort on the part of the state to critically revise its acts Document Type Monograph Technical Report Additional Information background paper to the Human Development Report 2000 Keywords civic

    Original URL path: http://hdrnet.org/468/ (2016-05-01)
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