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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News & events

News

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Urban Safety for Women and Girls

Urban Safety for Women and Girls

15.03.2022

Review of the Insight Session about strategies for safer public spaces in cities on 09 March 2022

Call for participants: Insight Session - Urban Safety for Women and Girls

Call for participants: Insight Session - Urban Safety for Women and Girls

21.02.2022

Invitation to the expert exchange on "Strategies for safer public spaces in cities" on 9 March 2022.

Towards a gender sensitive urban development

Towards a gender sensitive urban development

18.01.2022

The Connective Cities COVID-19 Programme Working Groups Gender sensitive urban development & Gender…

The Connective Cities Lab 2021 – Facts & Findings

The Connective Cities Lab 2021 – Facts & Findings

13.12.2021

The Connective Cities Lab - an online programme for urban practitioners and municipal experts –…

 

Good practices and learning experiences

Good practices

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…

 

 

Reviews of virtual events

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Urban Safety for Women and Girls

Urban Safety for Women and Girls

15.03.2022

Review of the Insight Session about strategies for safer public spaces in cities on 09 March 2022

Towards a gender sensitive urban development

Towards a gender sensitive urban development

18.01.2022

The Connective Cities COVID-19 Programme Working Groups Gender sensitive urban development & Gender…

Towards a gender-sensitive city

Towards a gender-sensitive city

24.09.2021

Review of the COVID Gender Cluster Kick-off on 02.09.2021 and open call for participation

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

27.07.2021

Urban practitioners working together on the municipal pandemic recovery

 

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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