Gender equality is a prerequisite for the well-being of citizens and the prosperity of cities. It is a fundamental right that is enshrined in both international and European treaties, and in the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Gender equality is also a catalyst for better policy-making, and local governments have a crucial role to play in further driving this change
In this endeavour, the URBACT report on Gender Equal Cities is truly inspirational and useful. It points out where improvement needs to be made and identifies best practices for local authorities to make the best use possible of EU funding, in particular the European Regional Development Fund, which directly supports gender equality through the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights. This report also shows that cities are already driving transformative change, and that local government has crucial leverage in taking gender equality policies forward.
In addition, ‘Gender Equal Cities’ shows how creating space for women’s voices, needs and capacities is a necessary step towards building thriving cities.
Read the full report.