Guide: How to make women’s right to Housing effective?

The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing has been working on the matter of women’s right to adequate housing since 2002, when then Rapporteur Miloon Kothari started researching the theme, with regional consultations and presenting reports to the UN Human Rights Council. In 2011, the current Rapporteur, Raquel Rolnik, developed a new analysis of the question, monitoring the situation through a virtual debate platform ( where people and organisations interested in the matter could contribute. The project had the support of one general and seven regional coordinators who not only researched their respective regions, but also assisted those participating in the platform, allowing a rich exchange of experience. Some 300 people and organisations in over 60 countries helped identify the existing advances and challenges. With this guide, we hope to assist people involved in the formulation and implementation of public housing policies so that they may truly incorporate the gender perspective. We also hope that this resource will be useful to feminist organisations and groups of women who fight for the true application of this right.

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