Community Tools for Equitable Housing Rights: Press Conference Centre - World Urban Forum 11th Session
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Community Tools for Equitable Housing Rights: Housing Monitor, Lebanon



This event is centred around the World Habitat Gold Award winning
project Housing Monitor (HM) in Beirut, Lebanon. HM is a community
housing tool developed by Public Works Studio (PWS) to protect and
advance equitable housing rights for Lebanese and non-Lebanese alike.
The current housing crisis in Lebanon is a direct result of speculative
market practices, that operate within a context of policy that favours
financialization and liberation of property investment over housing
rights. Lebanon's current debt crisis can be reframed in a global
context, where states' sovereignty has been weakened by monetary policy
designed to position housing provision solely as an investment

This event will reflect on such global policies in jeopardising the
equitable right to housing while elaborating on the role of both
international and local NGOs, as well as community tools – such as
Housing Monitor – in tackling these challenges. The panel will reflect
on how community tools like HM can make housing injustices visible in
complex environments, forge solidarity networks and push equitable
housing policies.

The event will feature the presentation of the 2021 Gold World
Habitat Award by Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif, followed by a
brief documentary screening and panel discussion with leading housing
organisations PWS (Lebanon) and 10Tooba (Egypt).