Formulating the Plan
The Municipal Resilience and Social Equality Authority has led the development of the plan and various municipal stakeholders have taken part.
Following extensive local, national and global research and consultations with the public, experts, NGOs, the private sector, and different municipal representatives, we chose to focus on eight areas: personal safety, education, public space and community institutions, transportation, sports, culture and art, economic opportunities, and the promotion of women employees at the Municipality and at municipally-owned corporations.
With regard to each one of these areas, we examined the municipal processes, decisions, programs and activities through a gender lens and asked the following questions: Who sits around the table when decisions are made? Who benefits from municipal services? How are resources allocated? What adjustments and changes need to be made in order to remove barriers and promote gender equality in the city?
The variety of these eight areas reflects our understanding that gender inequality encompasses all spheres of life. Hence, holistic and comprehensive action is needed to tackle it: ranging from municipal policy that makes it harder for strip clubs to operate, to using gender-inclusive language in municipal publications; from planning programs of public buildings that take into consideration women's experiences and needs, to advancing gender equality in the city education system; from providing sexual harassment trainings for businesses in the city, to equal representation of women artists and performers.