Gender Inclusive Cities

Program: "Gender Inclusive Cities"

Increasing women’s safety through identification and dissemination of effective approaches to promoting equity in women’s access to public spaces


Three (3) years (2009-2011)

General Coordination:

Women in Cities International (WICI)

Implementing Organizations:

- Information Centre of the Independent Women’s Forum (Russia)
- International Centre and Network for Information on Crime (Tanzania)
- Jagori (India)
- Latin America Women and Habitat Network (Argentina)

Financed by:

The United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women

General Objective

The general objective is promoting the right to the city, focusing on everyone’s possibilities, and particularly women’s possibilities, to participate in the city: possibilities for living, for studying, for working, for moving about, and fully enjoying public spaces without restrictions. Possibility, in this sense, of making the city one’s own, and the right of every citizen to do so. Attention is paid to situations of violence that women and girls habitually experience in carrying out their daily activities.

Executive Summary:

The project’s general vision is to create cities respecting everyone’s rights to live, work, and move about the urban space without fear or barriers. Aware that this is an ambitious goal, this project seeks a better understanding of the factors that cause and perpetuate inequalities and exclusions in women’s access to public spaces, and of the types of policies and programs that can contribute to greater inclusion of women in these spaces and advances in their "right to the city".

In Argentina there is a long trajectory of declarations, policies, and action plans that address women’s security and that have urged governments to implement actions and strategies regarding these problematics. Additionally, numerous investigations have inquired into the restrictions on women’s access to urban public spaces, and their right to the city in general. However, even today violence against women in public spaces is made invisible and on very few occasions is sanctioned and punished.

At the same time, there are scant legal norms that consider violence against women in public spaces. Official and non-official data on the magnitude of urban violence and its effects on women are insufficient, a fact that forms an obstacle to creating public policies with respect to these problematics.

Strong links between violence against women in public spaces and in private spaces are also recognized. The social and cultural construction of these spaces as exclusive and excluding sustains discourses and practices that exclude women from full participation in the city. This construction also invisiblizes the fact that the violences women experience in these spaces respond to the same causes and factors.

Desired results and activities:

1. Identification and mapping of the factors that contribute to creating or increasing gender exclusion in cities. Varied methodology will be used to obtain qualitative information, including safety audits, observation of public spaces, street surveys, interviews, and focus groups.

2. Identify actions, tools, and public policies that act as facilitators or barriers to creating gender equity in access to public spaces. A revision of polices, tools, and strategies will be made to evaluate their potential as facilitators of greater equality and inclusion.

3. Identification and implementation of best pilot practices together with actors from local government and social and community organizations.

4. Dissemination of knowledge and lessons learned through research and mapping.

The Gender Inclusive Cities project will be implemented in four cities in different continents: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Delhi, India; Petrozavodsk, Russia; and Rosario, Argentina. Each of these cities has developed its own experiences with regard to the problematics and the creation of initiatives to address inequities and restrictions in women’s rights. At the same time, each city has its own trajectory and history in approaches to safety and gender. The choice of these four cities was based on geographical criteria, and also on economic and social circumstances and in levels of violence. They are also four cities where civil society is involved in these problematics, and where non-governmental organizations are currently working on the issue. In all four cities work has already been developed on inclusion, safety, and gender-violence prevention.

In Rosario, en particular, in particular, the Gender Inclusive Cities program will strengthen and support actions developed since 2006 in the UNIFEM Regional Program "Safe Cities for Women, Safe Cites for All" implemented by CISCSA – Latin America Women and Habitat Network, with the support of AECID.

This new initiative seeks to extend the territorial actions developed by "Safe Cities for Women, Safe Cities for All" in the West District to the city’s Northwest and South Districts. The goal, at the same time, is to build synergies among the efforts of the municipal government and those of various NGOs and social and community organizations, to advance with respect to women’s right to full use and enjoyment of cities.


Tools for Gathering Information about Women’s Safety and Inclusion in Cities.
Experiences from the Gender Inclusive Cities Program.
Women in Cities International 2011

This toolkit provides guidance on how to collect information about women’s safety and women’s inclusion in public spaces in cities.

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Learning from Women to Create Gender Inclusive Cities

The purpose of this report is to share the information gathered in the first year of the Gender Inclusive Cities Program about the state of women's safety in each of the participating cities (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; New Delhi, India; Petrozavodsk, Russia; and Rosario, Argentina) The information presented here gives the reader an general view of the kinds of safety problems that affect women in their daily life and how these problems lead to women being exclude from the city's life.

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This document is the result of the reports presented by the organizations that are implementing the program in each of the countries. In Argentina, the Latin America Women and Habitat Network implements the program in Rosario. This city's diagnosis was presented during the Third International Conference on Women's Safety, held last November in New Delhi, India.

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the diagnosis in Spanish

Contact In Argentina:

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