The Cities Alliance Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017

The Cities Alliance believes strongly that women can be sources of positive change in cities, and as a partnership we are committed to helping make that happen.

Our Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017 seeks to address and reduce gender inequality in developing cities. We are working towards articulating and deepening clear, simple ways to understand roles, functions and needs through a gender lens so that:

  • Both women and men have decent jobs, political voice and services designed to support them in their multiple and intersecting roles as breadwinners, carers and community managers
  • Men, women, girls and boys are well educated, enjoy optimal health and can move around freely and safely
  • Mixed-used planning reflects the ways in which men, women, girls and boys actually live, work and learn, and these needs are reflected in the way cities are planned and developed
  • Local government policy is committed to working with citizens to ensure relevant financial and business services and gender-responsive housing and land-use policy
  • Local government officers know how to ensure that equitable growth and gender equality go hand-in-hand, and are committed to the sustainable achievement of both


Joint Work Programme on Gender Equality

Our Gender Equality Strategy is embedding gender throughout our work programme, and gender equality is one of the key pillars of our Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-2017. As part of this strategy, Cities Alliance members – many of whom have their own gender programmes – have also established a Joint Work Programme to undertake a range of collaborative activities promoting gender equality.