The Cities Alliance Gender Equality Action Plan (GAP) 2022–2023 provides guidance on how Cities Alliance will guarantee that gender equality and women's empowerment are reflected in all its programmes and processes, through its collaboration with members as well as its global and in-country operations.

The GAP builds on earlier policies and strategies of Cities Alliance as well as on an internal review process that identified multiple lessons learned and recommended actions.

Why do we need a Gender Action Plan?

Globally, most cities are planned and built without the interests and voices of women and the most marginalised groups. Various factors individually and cumulatively increase gender inequalities and prevent inclusive city development so that women continue to be discriminated in multiple sectors.

Cities built without women: factors and consequences
Cities built without women: drivers and consequences
How do we address these gender inequalities in cities?

Cities Alliance has committed itself to addressing gender inequalities in city development and to fostering the capacity building of local governments, women's organisations and community-based initiatives to effectively engage women in urban planning.
Therefore, the Cities Alliance follows three key objectives that are to be achieved:

  1. Contribute systematically and comprehensively to promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in all thematic areas
  2. Develop a premier global partnership working on women's engagement in cities
  3. Raise awareness on gender equality and develop capacity and resources for inclusive city planning and governance at local levels

To fulfil these objectives, based on a two-pronged approach, Cities Alliance will continue to fully integrate gender-equality considerations into all programme strategies. This includes, on the one hand, mainstream gender across all activities by increasing advocacy and engaging key members and partners and by effectively monitoring internal activities and providing cross-support between programmes. On the other hand, Cities Alliance will continue to raise awareness, build capacities, and develop partnerships for gender-equal cities through further developing in-country gender-specific programmes



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