How Cities Alliance Promotes Gender Equality in Development
By Lea Spörcke, Carlo Schmid Intern at Cities Alliance.
[8 March 2016] -- Cities Alliance believes strongly that women are sources of positive and transformational change in cities, and as a partnership is committed to helping make this change happen to achieve genuinely inclusive urban development.
Many Cities Alliance members and partners have longstanding experience in gender equality and gender mainstreaming. The ability to draw on this range of expertise, knowledge and experience for our activities and partnerships is a significant advantage for Cities Alliance, and a cornerstone of our approach to addressing gender inequality in urban development.A strategy for gender equality
Any good approach starts with a well-thought-out strategy. In 2014, Cities Alliance produced a Gender Equality Strategy that seeks to reduce gender inequality in developing cities and embed gender throughout our work programme.
The strategy has laid the foundation for the Cities Alliance Joint Work Programme (JWP) for Gender Equality, which leverages the unique diversity of Cities Alliance members for advocacy, activities, and knowledge development in terms of gender equality in cities. The JWP aims to bring forward sound urban programming that is gender-responsive so that women and girls have more opportunities to contribute to sustainable urban development and secure the right to political representation, economic inclusion, and dignified living.A task force for oversight
Gender equality starts at home, and Cities Alliance is taking steps to promote gender equality within our own organisation. A Gender Task Force within the Secretariat provides guidance, institutional monitoring, and quality assurance of the Secretariat’s work in terms of gender. The Secretariat also held an internal capacity-building workshop in November 2015 to ensure that staff all understand the concepts related to gender and how to integrate it into urban development.Instruments for gender mainstreaming
In addition to understanding the relationship between gender and urban poverty, incorporating gender equality into Cities Alliance activities requires different instruments for gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment.
Some of the approaches the Cities Alliance can use include: