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.

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

Appling a gender-sensitive lens to city planning means ensuring a transition to an inclusive city planning, attentive to the voices and needs of women:

Traditionnal City Planning_Future City Planning

The Cities for Women Global Programme focuses on practical ways we can make cities better planned for women, and, by extension, for everyone. It has three components:

Three Components_Cities for Women Team

Watch this video to see how and where we are working to overcome gender inequalities in cities.


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

Jane Jacobs