Gender equality

Gender equality in the urban planning

Equal right to the city!

Gender mainstreaming is a key element in the SymbioCity Approach and is seen as crucial for sustainable urban development. Mainstreaming gender equality ensures that planning and services are equitable, evenly distributed, and of equal quality for women, men, girls and boys.

Gender issues in urban development include unequal resource allocations in planning, unequal or discriminatory service delivery, and city planning based on men’s perceptions and use of infrastructure and services.Mainstreaming gender equality ensures that planning and services are equitable, evenly distributed, and of equal quality for men, boys, women and girls. Gender mainstreaming within the SymbioCity Approach is addressed in design of activities and pre-analysis and takes into consideration aspects relating to prioritization and equal distribution of resources and opportunities in decision-making and planning processes as well as during the realization of operations and in follow-up/monitoring of activities.

SymbioCity thematic module on gender equality in urban development provides tools on how to integrate gender mainstreaming in the six process steps of the SymbioCity Approach as well as a guide on:

›› How to help politicians understand and apply a gender equality perspective

›› How to help politicians actively promote gender equality in urban planning

›› How to help officials understand gender equality, and apply it in planning and daily work

›› How to help facilitators, trainers and managers