Habitat for Humanity, US universities host webinar on challenges arising from stay-at-home orders in global south
Jul 15, 2020

Habitat for Humanity, Penn State University and Purdue University will host the third session in the “Our Homes, Our Health: Advancing an Inclusive Agenda for Building Performance” webinar series on July 15, 9:00pm SGT. Register for the webinar at bit.ly/HomesHealth3.

Titled “Perspectives from the Global South,” the webinar will bring together three experts who will discuss challenges arising from the implementation of stay-at-home orders in the global south—particularly for countries in Africa and Asia. Other aspects to be discuss include emerging threats to women’s land and property, and the role of media advocacy to amplify local voices.

• Rebecca Ochong, Habitat for Humanity’s Senior Manager for Urban, Land and Housing Policy in Asia-Pacific, will highlight lessons on women’s land and property rights from past pandemics, discuss emerging threats and provide recommendations for governments and other stakeholders on addressing these challenges in the time of COVID-19.

• Masibo Lumala, Visiting Professor at Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University, will share his reflections on the effects of various government’s stay-at-home orders in a bid to slow the transmission of the coronavirus, particularly focusing on how families adapted their homes; the experiences of homeless individuals and those who were evicted, and the challenges that developing countries such as Kenya are facing.

• Prince Adu Gyamfi, Assistant Professor at Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University, will draw on the experiences of vulnerable communities in Kumasi, Ghana, to tackle the role of media advocacy in promoting systemic changes and raising local voices to promote housing policies that advance inclusiveness.

“Perspectives from the Global South” will be moderated by Esther Obonyo of Penn State University Global Building Network and Stacey Connaughton of Purdue University’s Policy Research Institute. Register for the webinar at bit.ly/HomesHealth3.

At least 150 participants have joined the first two sessions of the “Our Homes, Our Health,” which featured multi-disciplinary panels from Georgia State University School of Public Medicine, Habitat, InterAction, Penn State University and Purdue University. Recordings are available at “Context Matters” and “Global Health and Resilient Housing.”


Michele Soh
Director of Communications, Asia-Pacific, Habitat for Humanity International
331 North Bridge Road, Level 22 #01-06, Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720
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msoh@habitat.org • habitat.org/ap