Gender mainstreaming

Metropolis Women, created in 2005, was conceived as the instrument for gender mainstreaming in Metropolis as well as in all metropolitan policies fostered by our members.

The strategic aims are:

  • Mainstream the gender perspective across the association
  • Identify and share policies and experiences among the metropolises, generating a common base of gender knowledge
  • Position Metropolis as a global benchmark in urban gender policies

Our main areas of work are:

In line with sustainable development goals 5 and 11 on the 2030 Agenda, we focus on two working areas:

Sustainable mobility

Promoting metropolitan mobility policies to foster a sustainable, inclusive and safe transport system. Policies that address women's needs and experiences, democratising access to goods and services.


Safety and public space

Promoting the right to the city by encouraging metropolitan policies to ensure safe and inclusive public space, in particular for women.

what does 'gender mainstreaming' mean?

This involves being alert to the different circumstances of women and men in society and designing initiatives appropriate to or intended to provide a response to them in order to arrive at real and effective equality between the two sexes. It is a strategy based on gender-related action and focus. It is not just a matter of creating and mounting initiatives aimed specifically at women but of designing, implementing and evaluating the full range of policies while identifying and anticipating their impact on women and men. Consequently, it is a question of promoting the inclusion of the gender perspective in the organisation, planning and execution of policies.

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