Yesterday, Monday October 3, we celebrated World Habitat Day. Designated in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly, World Habitat Day is a day to re-dedicate ourselves to our mission of helping people access adequate shelter.
This year, WHD’s theme is Housing at the Centre, which aims to “raise awareness about the need for affordable housing for all in urban areas, towns and cities.” Today, around one quarter of the world’s urban population lives in slums or other informal dwellings. This is especially true for the world’s vulnerable groups, including women, persons with disabilities and HIV, the elderly, youth, and LGBT groups, who often lack access to basic services and opportunities.
So, what can we do? There are several ways you can make a difference in raising awareness for housing equality.
- Volunteer for your local Habitat for Humanity. Find the affiliate nearest you here.
- Help raise awareness of global housing needs. Follow @joinsolidground and the #NewUrbanAgenda on social media.
- Sign the petition telling U.N. member states that access to land for shelter must be a top priority in the New Urban Agenda.
- Make a donation to Habitat and tell your friends. Let others know you support access to decent shelter for people here at home and internationally.
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