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How Do You Apply Gender Mainstreaming to Urban Planning?

First of all, let’s talk about what is Gender Mainstreaming is. According to UN Women,

“Gender Mainstreaming is a globally accepted strategy for promoting gender equality… Mainstreaming involves ensuring that gender perspectives and attention to the goal of gender equality are central to all activities.”

Beyond the more obvious applications of policy development, programmes, and legislation, Gender Mainstreaming can even be applied to the way we design our cities. Helping create urban environments that are safe, accessible, and inclusive for both men and women. And there’s one city in particular that’s been showing the world what the strategy can look like in practice since the 1990s: Vienna. In fact, in 2013 the city published an entire manual on the subject, currently available as a free PDF: Gender Mainstreaming in Urban Planning and Urban Development

The story of how Vienna came to be such a devoted practitioner of Gender Mainstreaming is well told in the CityLab article, “How to Design a City for Women.” The author, Clare Foran, takes a closer look at Vienna’s numerous applications of the strategy, from city administration to healthcare policy, of which she says by far the greatest impact can be seen in the field of urban planning. “More than sixty pilot projects have been carried out to date. As the size and scale of these projects increase, gender mainstreaming has become a force that is literally reshaping the city.”

Read the whole story here:


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