Empowered Women Building Partnerships on Urban Land Regulation" - Urban Thinkers Campus Peru

Empowered Women Building Partnerships on Urban Land Regulation" - Urban Thinkers Campus Peru

GUIDE OF THE FACILITATOR OF THE SCHOOL OF WOMEN LEADERS FOR LAND TENURE, ADEQUATE HOUSING AND THE RIGHT TO THE CITY

Article by Luz Maria Sánchez Hurtado, General Director NGO Estrategia, PERÚ


Estrategia is a partner of the Huairou Commission and a local partner of the Habitat for Humanity Global Campaign Solid Ground, and is currently hosting various activities under the "Empowered Women Building Partnerships on Urban Land Regulation" Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) Peru. Stakeholders have convened to adapt the Guide of the Facilitator of the School of Women of Women Leaders for Land Tenure, Adequate Housing and the Right to the City implemented by Habitat for Humanity in Bolivia and Brazil to the UTC in Peru. This guide will include a narrative, videos, women stories and photos.  

The guide will begin with documenting the introductory session and the modules of the UTC related to the following Sessions: POLITICAL DEMOCRACY, URBAN CONFLICTS, ADVOCACY and HOUSING RIGHTS 

The School of Women Leaders in Peru is an an initiative that builds up synergies of the key following actors, playing complementary roles. The key actors of the School of Women Leaders in Peru are: The NGO Estrategia, The National Grassroots women organization “Women United for a Better Community”, Habitat for Humanity, National Global Campaign, Cities Alliance, Rimac District Municipality, Women Leaders.

In order to implement the modules the following actors participated:

Rimac District Municipality:

  • Facilitated the Municipal Library to held two sessions
  • Facilitated a local of legal issues to held the other four sessions
  • The municipal Councilor Mrs. Liliana Tejada, launched the School of Women Leaders during the opening of the School of women for land tenure, adequate housing and the right to the city.

Women Leaders:

The following women local organizations participated in the three modules:

  • Health Promoters
  • Mothers Club
  • Communal Dining Room
  • Grassroots Women Organization, “Women United for a Better Community”

The list of participants for each one of the sessions will be included in the annex of the final UTC report, which will be submitted to the World Urban Campaign at the end of all UTC activities (October 2017).

  1. List of experts that were included in the four sessions of the school of women:  
  • Expert on Political Democracy:
    • Mr. Hernan Vidal, Peruvian Sociologist with experience in Urban Development Programmes
  • Experts in Urban Conflicts: 
    • Dr. Miguel Mandamiento, Peruvian lawyer with experience in legal frame of the laws related to land access rights
    • Arch. Maria Luisa Alvarado, Peruvian Architect with experience in global Housing Issues
  • Experts in Advocacy Issues:
    • Mr. Carlos Aliaga, Peruvian Sociologist with experience in community organizations
    • Arch. Luz Maria Sanchez, Peruvian Architect with experience in grassroots women organizations land and housing access rights
    • Mrs. Castorina Villegas Lopez, Peruvian Social Promoter, with experience in grassroots women organizations
  • Expert in Housing Access Rights:
    • Dr. Pedro Vicente Quispe, Peruvian Lawyer, with experience in issues related to land property and housing access rights

The Introductory Session objective was to inform the women leaders about the importance to participate and learn about the mechanisms required by the community organizations in issues related to land regulation process to get the land approval law from the authorities at the national level.

The Sessions objective was to inform the participants about the issues related to Political Democracy to empower the women to get organized women that are able to advocate the authorities to get the approval of land rights

The second Session related to Urban Conflicts was important to inform the women about how the women require starting a process to dialogue and how to negotiate with the authorities to get the supporting and got the land regulation, It was a participative session due to the women had an interactive participation informing about the problems they have in the areas they occupy for more than 25 years without any solution to the legal situation the families who occupy the areas for living have

The third Session was related to advocacy to get the land access rights. The participants were informed about the importance to advocate the authorities for the land regulation approval. The women pointed out about the strategies and tools they learned and created as well to advocate for land and housing access rights. The women choose the most important cases of land property they need to advocate as examples to present the law of land regulation to the authorities.

The fourth Session was related to Land and Housing Rights. This Session inform the participants about of the importance to know that from the year of 1993, the housing is not pointed out in the Peruvian Constitution as a human right.  For this reason is important to advocate the government as priority to point out the housing right as a human right in the Peruvian Constitution.

The authority’s role is to support the families who live in precarious situation without land sanitation with strong problems of pollution due to the lack of infrastructure services of water supply and sewage. The women must be attended by the government as a priority to get resilient and safe communities.

In each session was pointed out the Work Plan organizing the process to develop and put in practice.

During the process we got important information from the participants that describe the lessons learned and recommendations as well.

The next step will be the exchanging between the women from Brazil, Bolivia and Ecuador and the women from Peru. The women from Peru will have the opportunity to share and inform about the land and housing problems in Peru and will have the information about the importance to advocate the authorities to get the approval of the law of land regulation in Peru.

At the end of the Campus a law of land regulation will be presented to the Parliament for its approval.