Cities have a key role in empowering women


Cities Alliance envisions a world where all women and girls can live in inclusive and equitable cities and communities

With the urban percentage of the world's population reaching 60 per cent by 2030, cities have a key role to play in promoting gender equality and empower women and girls. Cities are on the frontline of tackling violence against women in both the public and private spheres, and urban policies and planning, particularly the creation and maintenance of public spaces, are essential tools in tackling violence against women. In terms of equal access to local resources, city authorities can also make a difference, by providing legal aid services that support women in exercising their rights and supporting women’s participation in land governance institutions and policy-making processes.


Women understand their needs and requirements best, and without their engagement and representation, these needs cannot be met.


Therefore, cities must encourage and enable female representation across all levels and spheres of urban governance including but not limited to budgeting, planning and building. This can be achieved through a mix of anti-discrimination and positive action measures, and additional support through leadership training, flexible working, and affordable childcare provision.



Programme Description 


The Cities for Women Global Program offers support to meet its objectives, including the following types of activities: 

1. Local Participatory Action Research: co-designing and co-conducting short term research with community partners to raise collective awareness, kick start action, and institutionalise change. 

2. Global Platform for Knowledge Exchange: Activities designed to analyse, compare and evaluate project’s outcomes and local knowledge in order to improve awareness of relevant policies or activities, influencing policies and behaviour, and contribute to global debates on women inclusion in urban development. 

3. A Country Program on Inclusive Urban Development: Longer-term programmatic support, at a multiple city / national scale.

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.

Jane Jacobs