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The virtual platform of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing is now up and running. This new tool will be used initially for developing the project "Women and the Right to Land and Housing." People worldwide can now register and contribute to the thematic report and the guide and leaflet which will be produced on the subject.

The virtual platform of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing is now up and running. This new tool will be used initially for developing the project "Women and the Right to Land and Housing." People worldwide can now register and contribute to the thematic report and the guide and leaflet which will be produced on the subject.

Website of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Housing/Pages/HousingIndex.aspx

With the virtual platform, it is easy now to collaborate with the Special Rapporteur. If you are interested in the topic "Women and Housing Rights" and want to contribute to the production of the report to be presented by the Rapporteur to the UN Human Rights Council next year as well as with the guide and leaflet which will be produced on the topic, please join the debate! www.righttohousingdebates.org

The discussion system:

Introduction

The collaboration and discussion system and discussion of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing is an interactive environment of debates, exchange of experiences, information and documents about the Right to Housing in the world.

With a collective debate as a starting point, this system will make it possible to think the priorities for the right to housing in each region of the globe through debates carried out regionally in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

The result of these discussions will be used to produce a Report, a Guide and a Leaflet about Women’s land and housing rights to be written by the Special Rapporteur.

Who participates?

The Project will be coordinated by the team of the Special Rapporteur, including a project coordinator and a team of 7 regional Focal Points. Representatives of 7 regions of the globe will be able to take part in the process as members of organizations and movements linked to the right to housing, scholars involved with the theme and the population in general public.

Why participate?

To take part in this network means:

To contribute with the thematic report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Adequate Housing;
To increase the visibility of regional and specific fights through a channel with UN`s legitimacy;
To have the possibility to get acquainted with other experiences;
To participate in the production of materials on the Right to Adequate Housing.

How to participate

Anyone can register in the system and will automatically be allowed to:

Make comments on the proposed themes;
Share experiences, reports and complaints about the several appointed themes;
To publicize documents, regional legislation and other materials;
To contribute to the understanding of the concept of right to adequate housing from the point of view of women from all parts of the world;
To render available other pieces of information which might contribute for the production of the report and for promotional materials.

Regions involved

North America
South America
Western Europe
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Middle East and North Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific

How will the interaction of the system take place:

Creation of a discussion topic

Only the Focal Points and Coordinators will be allowed to create a discussion topic;
For the creation of a debate it will be necessary to choose a region, an idiom, define the title, insert a description as well as key words of the proposed discussion;
The discussion will have a pre-established deadline, which might be extended or shortened.

Participation in the debate

Once the debate is created, all users will be allowed to make comments about the theme, make proposals and share files which contribute to the debate;
Besides, the users will be able to make comment on other users’ contributions;
The users will also have permission to make comments on debates of other regions;

Voting

The system allows a discussion to be taken to voting whenever it is the general wish.
When the deadline for comments and proposals is closed, the Focal Points will have a pre-determined deadline to systematize the proposals and present them for voting;
During the voting process, all users will be allowed to vote the proposals so as to define the priorities;
From this point, a proportion of votes per proposal will be generated.
Once the process is completed, there will be a page containing the details of the discussion and the proportion of votes for each one of the proposals.

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