The Cities for Women Programme raises awareness on the relevance of a city-wide approach to gender equality and women’s empowerment, informing on good practices, capitalizing on different strengths and expertise for mainstreaming gender perspectives into political and policy dialogues at international, national, and local levels.

Women at a community meeting at Yogyakarta_Indonesia_Credits_Nugroho Nurdikiawan Sunjoyo_World Bank


  • At the LOCAL level, we bring public institutions, women-led organizations, and other key stakeholders to collectively explore potential ideas for creating women-friendly cities and inform national and local plans and policies.  For example, in 2020 in Monrovia, Liberia, we undertook a city-wide approach to engage women in identifying priorities for Monrovia’s City Development Strategy.
  • At the REGIONAL level, we use data and results collected at the city level to influence regional policy dialogues and bring a women's perspective to key urban issues. For instance, in 2020 we participate actively in events and meetings organized by the Union for the Mediterranean and ICLEI Africa.
  • At the INTERNATIONAL level, we organize and join campaigns, and high-level events to advocate for strong partnerships and dialogue with local actors, civic society, and communities to achieve gender equality on the round. For example, we took part in the Forum of Mayors (UNECE), and engage policymakers at the EU around the 2021-2025 EU Gender Action Plan (Ghost Citizens: Women and Informality in Cities. What can Europe do?) and at the G20 Development Working Group (DWG).


Women Building Resilience in Cities


Cities Alliance: Women Transforming Monrovia, Liberia