Gender, Urbanization and Democratic Governance

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January 15, 2016

Gender, Urbanization and Democratic Governance

With two-thirds of the world’s population predicted to live in urban areas by the year 2050, the global landscape is changing rapidly. The incorporation of women’s voices in policy and planning would contribute to the building of cities that allow all urban inhabitants to thrive equally. This White Paper outlines the challenges faced by urban women in more depth, demonstrating how city policy and design fundamentally overlook women’s experience of urban settings and providing the context for women’s ability to participate in urban decision making processes. It explores the systemic changes that would lead to an ideal system of gender-sensitive urban governance. Finally, it reviews the progress women have made in achieving greater voice and agency in urban power structures, despite the gender-specific challenges they continue to face. For more information, please click here.  

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Author: 
THE INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN’S POLICY RESEARCH
Publisher: 
THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTE
Publication year: 
2015