Full gender equality is still far from being achieved. Cities have long been at the forefront of working towards gender equal societies. This can be done by working to address gender stereotypes and structural discrimination of women in the local labour market, ensuring equal opportunities for participation in public and political life, and improving conditions for reconciliation of work and family life. Urban development can reflect and reinforce gender inequalities, which can become visible in any sector, and is why many cities take political actions to promote gender equality.
Cities are placing gender equality at the core of municipal strategies and action plans. Many cities are working in partnership with local employers and NGOs to promote gender equality, such as by using gender clauses in public procurement. Cities also play a key role in raising public awareness of gender inequalities as well as of domestic violence and protecting victims whilst providing targeted support.