The challenge

Cities hold great potential to address gender inequalities and create equal opportunities for all. However, this is often not the case. In cities across the globe, women face discrimination, lack of voice, poor safety and poverty in cities. Women and girls do not always have equal access to public space, mobility and local governance.


Safety and access to public spaces for both
girls and boys
has improved in five cities benefiting over 662,000 children.
In Dhaka, Bangladesh
for the first time
girls and women have access to a formerly exclusive male space.

News and Stories

Donors and partners

UN-Habitat’s work on gender equality in cities is closely in conjunction with women and women’s organizations. UN-Habitat provides platforms and opportunities for grassroots women to have a voice in local urban development and the global urban agenda. UN-Habitat engages local women in
all programmatic work, ensuring that women have a strong voice in policies and programmes that affect them. Furthermore, UN-Habitat engages global women’s networks to ensure that gender equality is at the heart of the urban agenda and urban development.

UN-Habitat works on gender equality with the UN system. UN-Women hold the substantive mandate for gender equality and provide strong collaboration at country and HQ level. Many country-level projects are run with UN-Women and other agencies working in gender equality, including UNDP and UNFPA. We provide urban expertise to ensure women have equal voice and equal benefit from all UN work.

Our Experts

Angela Mwai
Chief, Human Rights and Social Inclusion Unit
Urban Practices Branch, Global Solutions Division

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