Gender sensitivity in the pandemic

Towards sustainable, inclusive and gender-equitable development in the post-Covid era

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated existing gender inequalities. This is evident in all areas: In public health, economy, and social life. Curfews led to increased domestic violence and disrupted access to support services, including women's shelters. Access to sexual and reproductive health care was also hampered by the pandemic. Closed schools and curfews widened the gender gap in unpaid care work and prevented women from participating in the labour market. This has not only short- but also long-term effects on women's professional opportunities.

Moreover, urban public space continues to pose a threat to women's safety. Yet, access to open and green space has rarely been more important than now when social distancing became an important measure to fight the spread of the virus. Public space provides an opportunity for social inclusion and enables participatory and socially just urban planning. The COVID-19 pandemic can be an opportunity to make land-use planning in urban spaces more gender-sensitive, equitable and sustainable. However, to achieve this goal and effectively respond to the pandemic's impact on women, it is essential to collect gender-specific data at the municipal and national levels. 

Without a gender-sensitive approach to urban development, the COVID-19 pandemic may have far-reaching implications on women. Nonetheless, gender-sensitive practices already exist and can contribute to gender equality. The task now is to implement these practices and help municipal actors achieve sustainable, inclusive and (gender) equitable development in the post-COVID era.

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Photo (above): Adrian Seliga | istock

News & events

News

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Towards a gender-sensitive city

Towards a gender-sensitive city

23.08.2021

Invitation to the kick-off event of our COVID Cluster “Gender sensitivity in the pandemic” on…

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

27.07.2021

Urban practitioners working together on the municipal pandemic recovery

Municipal response to COVID-19 in the MENA region

Municipal response to COVID-19 in the MENA region

16.06.2021

Video of Connective Cities Network MENA activities from July to December 2020

International exchange of experiences: lessons learned in the Covid-19 crisis

International exchange of experiences: lessons learned in the Covid-19 crisis

14.12.2020

Connective Cities global exchange series on ”Municipal Response to COVID-19”

 

Good practices and learning experiences

Good practices

Hazmieh in Lebanon: A lighthouse in good urban governance

17/05/2021

Hazmieh municipality has set a comprehensive and effective strategy for local economic development, in which the public…

 

Psychosocial support is more important than ever during the pandemic

09/04/2021

Corona lockdown can heighten the psychosocial problems many people are facing, for example in their family or…

 

Amman - strengthening social responsibility

07/04/2021

With a prudent vision, the Greater Amman Municipality implemented several hard and soft measures to curb the impact of…

 

Local Development Program for the City of Agadir in Morocco

06/12/2020

Agadir municipality has pursued ambitious policies aimed at enhancing the quality of life of the city’s inhabitants,…

 

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Towards a gender-sensitive city

Towards a gender-sensitive city

23.08.2021

Invitation to the kick-off event of our COVID Cluster “Gender sensitivity in the pandemic” on…

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

27.07.2021

Urban practitioners working together on the municipal pandemic recovery

Municipal response to COVID-19 in the MENA region

Municipal response to COVID-19 in the MENA region

16.06.2021

Video of Connective Cities Network MENA activities from July to December 2020

International exchange of experiences: lessons learned in the Covid-19 crisis

International exchange of experiences: lessons learned in the Covid-19 crisis

14.12.2020

Connective Cities global exchange series on ”Municipal Response to COVID-19”

 

Reviews of virtual events

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Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

27.07.2021

Urban practitioners working together on the municipal pandemic recovery

Municipal response to COVID-19 in the MENA region

Municipal response to COVID-19 in the MENA region

16.06.2021

Video of Connective Cities Network MENA activities from July to December 2020

International exchange of experiences: lessons learned in the Covid-19 crisis

International exchange of experiences: lessons learned in the Covid-19 crisis

14.12.2020

Connective Cities global exchange series on ”Municipal Response to COVID-19”

 

Publications

Final Report: Virtual Global Exchange

2021 - "Municipal Response to COVID-19" from 23rd November to 3rd December 2020

Connective Cities

 
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