Women and men experience cities differently. Women have specific concerns when it comes to aspects of city life such as housing, employment, public transit, violence and safety, childcare and access to decision making. Women’s organizations have brought attention to the ways in which women and girls from diverse backgrounds experience the city. Their work highlights that municipalities are stronger when the aspirations and contributions of women and girls are taken into account. Women and girls face additional challenges if they are also Aboriginal, francophone, immigrants, LGBTQ, living with a disability, living in poverty, older adults, racialized, living in rural communities, and/or young. By applying an equity and inclusion lens that addresses gender differences, as well as other social inequities, municipalities can better respond to the aspirations of ALL people.
In 2008, the Gender Equality Guide was funded by Status of Women Canada, and developed with input from over 30 diverse community member organizations and City staff.
This tool guided city staff in city decision-making processes by considering differences between men and women; and differences among women (e.g., Aboriginal women, women with disabilities, women living in poverty, immigrant women, youth, seniors, racialized women, LGTBQ, francophones and women living in rural communities).