Advancing Gender in the Environment: Gender and Urban Services
Rapid urbanization shifts social, economic, and political dynamics, with particular impacts on women’s empowerment and gender equality. Expanding cities offer a range of urban development opportunities for eradicating poverty and building inclusive, sustainable communities. However, higher population densities, sprawling informal settlements, rural to urban migration, and displacement present pressing urban development and environmental challenges as cities struggle to keep up with the needs and demands of growing populations.
This brief focuses on gender gaps and gender-responsive opportunities for urban development as part of the Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) program. This brief provides an overview of gender issues related to the delivery and use of four basic urban services:
- water and sanitation;
- waste management;
- energy; and
- transportation and mobility.
It also outlines illustrative gender-responsive strategies in urban service planning and delivery, including examples from USAID and other leading organizations working on gender and cities. Understanding the gender-related issues in urban service delivery ensures urban planning and service delivery can accelerate sustainable development outcomes that contribute to women’s empowerment and gender equality across communities, decision-making levels, and sectors.