Gender-Inclusive Urban Planning Design

Gender-Inclusive Urban Planning Design


The World Bank

Type(s) of Tool

GuidelinesOperationalize sustainability principles, less specific than Benchmarks or Rating Systems.


Urban Planning

Lifecycle Phase(s)

Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design.

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The handbook aims to bridge the gap between gender-responsive policy and practice and to respond to the historical exclusion of women, girls and sexual and gender minorities from urban planning and design processes. It presents the economic and social case for gender inclusion in urban planning and design. The tool provides clear, specific design guidelines, suitable and adaptable for all regions, for a range of planning areas, including housing, public transport and mobility infrastructure, other infrastructure services and urban master plans.

Tool Outcome

The Handbook for Gender-Inclusive Urban Planning and Design encourages gender-inclusive planning and design, which actively includes the voice of women, girls, and sexual and gender minorities. The publication seeks to fill the clear gap between policy and practice, intention and action, by showing why and how to incorporate gender inclusion into urban planning and design.

Sustainability Criteria

Key issue areas where gender inequalities intersect with the built environment

  • Access: using services and spaces in the public realm, free from constraints and barriers
  • Mobility: moving around the city safely, easily, and affordably
  • Safety and freedom from violence: being free from real and perceived danger in public and private spheres
  • Health and hygiene: leading an active lifestyle that is free from Health risks in the built environment
  • Climate resilience: being able to prepare for, respond to, and cope with the immediate and long-term effects of disaster
  • Security of tenure: accessing and owning land and housing to live, work, and build wealth and agency