Disaster Watch aid grassroots women's collectives to exchange
learn and evaluate disaster response initiatives and the performance of
government and aid agencies.
First held in Gujarat in February 2002, a year after the earthquake, when
a team of women from disaster sites in Turkey and India travelled there
to monitor institutional support for women communities.
Developed and tested in the rescue and recovery phases of four major disasters
in three countries, Huairou’s disaster–to-development strategy
leads to social innovation, efficient use of local resources, transformation
of social and political agendas, and the deepening of a participatory
Its strategy, piloted by Swayam Shiksham Prayog and hundreds of grassroots
women’s organizations in India, is simple: Engage the full partnership
of local people who tend to be intimately knowledgeable about community
needs and resources. Grassroots women are particularly valuable to this
Huairou's process, refined in Maharasthra, India; Marmara, Turkey; Gujarat,
India; and on the north coast of Honduras, is empowerment:
* grassroots women gather
* they identify their problems
* they work together, with others in the community and with other grassroots
groups to create solutions
* they negotiate partnerships
* they implement solutions
* they continue assuming new roles of leadership and responsibility
* they teach other groups what they’ve learned
The Huairou process has a lasting effect.
Grassroots women become social and politically integrated into positions
of greater responsibility and authority in the local community and its
governance, while the community as a whole develops a culture of resourcefulness.
Lull after the storm" January 2005
An assessment report on Tsunami affected
Tamil Nadu region by community women leaders with similar experience
after the Latur and Gujarat earthquake.
The area covered Nagapattinam and Cuddalore
districts of Tamilnadu , India on January 17 th - 20 th 2005. Facilitated
by By Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) and Covenant Centre for Development
Exchange" December 2004
This exchange and disaster watch held from 18 th - 25 th September
2004, six years after the earthquake in Marmara region, Turkey. A team
of five women from SSP visited Turkey.
Exchange" August 2004
The Community-to-community exchange programme
organized by Swayam Shikshan Prayog in Ahmedabad, Gujarat , August 27,
Over 20 grassroots women who have faced the Gujarat Earthquake have shared
their experience with women from Latur, Maharashtra . They have discussed
on how assessment of damage was done; what they did after the earthquake
and what is required to be done by government, CBOs and agencies.
"Turkey - Iran Exchange Note / Suranjana Gupta"
In June 2004, a team of Turkish women leaders visited the earthquake-affected
areas of Bam in Iran with members to transfer their insights on organising
women around childcare and income generation activities.
In February 2002, the Huairou Commission
team, consisting of Foundation for the Support of Women's Work ( FSWW),
Turkey and grassroots women leaders who survived the 1999 Marmara earthquake
in Turkey and women federation leaders with previous experience of the
Latur quake (1993) travelled to six villages in Gujarat India to observe
the post earthquake recovery progress.