What is the issue?

Insufficient infrastructure services have a disproportionate impact on women's and girls' time use.
Women: 54minutes
Men: 6minutes
200,000,000

Hours per day

Female professionals are underrepresented in infrastructure planning, design, and implementation.
  • Female
  • Male
For women in particular, inadequate infrastructure exacerbates the impact of a crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Women
  • Men

Mainstreaming Gender across the Infrastructure Lifecycle

Here are a number of steps to make infrastructure more gender-responsive.

To ensure that infrastructure addresses the service needs of men and women alike, gender considerations have to be systematically integrated into projects. The right policy, legal and regulatory frameworks can act as key enablers for mainstreaming gender into infrastructure development and ultimately improve the role of women as contributors to the sector. 

Strategy

A Gender Action Plan (GAP) is an important roadmap tool that outlines specific activities and tangible benefits. A GAP allocates financial and human resources and sets concrete targets along a timeline.

Operation and Decommissioning

Gender-Responsive O&M Mechanisms acknowledge the importance of community ownership and ensure that projects provide equitable services to everyone. Gender-responsive Monitoring and Evaluation includes the dissemination of lessons learned and an impact analysis.

Project Planning

A Gender Analysis (GA) provides an evidence-based project design that is responsive to contextual gender-needs. Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) help to evaluate possible externalities of infrastructure projects.

Construction

Gender-Responsive Construction Supervision and equal employment measures not only enhance safety and security but also help integrate more women into the workforce through skills training and technical assistance.

Financing and Procurement

Gender-Sensitive Procurement integrates enabling requirements for women owned businesses/female workers. Gender-Responsive Budgets (GRB) address differentiated needs and interests by allocating expenditure towards the well-being and inclusion of women.

  • Strategy

    A Gender Action Plan (GAP) is an important roadmap tool that outlines specific activities and tangible benefits. A GAP allocates financial and human resources and sets concrete targets along a timeline.

  • Operation and Decommissioning

    Gender-Responsive O&M Mechanisms acknowledge the importance of community ownership and ensure that projects provide equitable services to everyone. Gender-responsive Monitoring and Evaluation includes the dissemination of lessons learned and an impact analysis.

  • Project Planning

    A Gender Analysis (GA) provides an evidence-based project design that is responsive to contextual gender-needs. Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) help to evaluate possible externalities of infrastructure projects.

  • Construction

    Gender-Responsive Construction Supervision and equal employment measures not only enhance safety and security but also help integrate more women into the workforce through skills training and technical assistance.

  • Financing and Procurement

    Gender-Sensitive Procurement integrates enabling requirements for women owned businesses/female workers. Gender-Responsive Budgets (GRB) address differentiated needs and interests by allocating expenditure towards the well-being and inclusion of women.

Interested in learning more?

Thematic Brief: Gender-Responsive Infrastructure

By: The Solutions Lab - Scaling for Sustainable Infrastructure

This thematic brief informs why infrastructure is not gender-neutral and what we can do to make it responsive to the needs of women and girls.

Sustainable Connectivity - Closing the Gender Gap in Infrastructure

By: OECD

In this policy report, OCED informs about the different roles women have as users of and contributors to infrastructure.

Infrastructure for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

By: UNOPS

This report takes a sectoral look at gender and infrastructure and combines the topic with project case studies by UNOPS.

Gender and energy

By: European Institute for Gender Equality

This publication highlights that energy policy is not gender neutral. Practical examples are used to describe the integration of the gender dimension into the policy cycle.

Relevant sustainability tools