Handbook for gender-inclusive urban planning and design

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Main findings

As a result, cities work better for men than for women.

people all have different needs and routines when it comes to our access to the city. However, the city is built for the ‘neutral’ male user, neglecting the needs, interests and routines of women and girls in the city.

  1. Access – using services and spaces in the public domain, without constraints or barriers
  2. Mobility – getting around the city safely, easily and affordably
  3. Safety and freedom from violence – being safe from real and perceived danger in public and private spheres
  4. Health and hygiene – leading an active life without health risks in the built environment
  5. Climate resilience – being able to prepare for, react to and cope with the immediate and long-term effects of a disaster
  6. Security of tenure – accessing and owning land and housing to live, work and create wealth and agency

Although the World Bank and other institutions are strongly committed to advancing gender equality, urban planners, project managers and practitioners often lack awareness of the importance of prioritizing gender in the planning process. urban design and do not have the specific skills in the field. knowledge or tools to effectively implement gender-inclusive strategies.

To remedy this, the Handbook for gender-inclusive urban planning and design encourages gender-inclusive planning and design, which actively includes the voices of women, girls, and sexual and gender minorities. The publication seeks to bridge the obvious gap between policy and practice, intention and action, showing why and how to integrate gender inclusion into urban planning and design.

the Manual sets out practical approaches, activities and design guidelines that show how to do this – how to implement a participatory and inclusive design process that explores the experiences and uses of the city from the perspective of all citizens: women, men, sex and gender and other minorities.

It also gives clear and specific design guidelines, appropriate and adaptable to all regions, for a range of planning areas, including housing, public transport and mobility infrastructure, other infrastructure services and city ​​master plans.

Case studies of successful gender-inclusive projects around the world show how simple design measures can dramatically increase the agency and well-being of disadvantaged groups and gender minorities.

The case studies also show 1) how increasing the visibility and participation of disadvantaged groups can promote safety and access to the public domain; 2) how good planning with a gender perspective can ensure the full participation of underrepresented voices; 3) how better representation can produce innovative designs that better serve everyone – not just women; and 4) how short-term “palliative” measures can complement and even enable long-term strategic efforts to improve gender equity.

Download the manual from www.worldbank.org/genderinclusivecities [PDF version]