If a city is female friendly, it is friendly for everybody.

Lucy Turnbull

First female mayor of Sydney, Australia

This website is a living library of Wise Practices from around the world that help make cities more women friendly. The idea was born at the UN Habitat III conference in October 2016, and launched at the World Urban Forum in February 2018.

We welcome submissions from all sectors:

governments, civil society and grassroots organizations, the private sector, academia, and beyond


are locally-appropriate actions,
tools, principles or decisions that contribute significantly to the development of sustainable and equitable social conditions. They evolve and are refined as individual and community experience and knowledge expand.

With this library we

want to share knowledge,

inspire innovation, improve

networking and collaboration, and

challenge ourselves to make

cities equitable, inclusive,

sustainable and thriving for all. 

Women have historically been excluded from city building and, despite progress in many areas, there are still significant gender gaps and inequalities – particularly for diverse women. Using a gendered intersectional lens, these gaps can be eliminated, an effort that evidence has shown will improve quality of life for all. We should all want cities to be more women friendly. 

Making a city women friendly does not exclude others.
Take the Challenge Today...

Submit your Wise Practices now and show the world how you are making your city women friendly! 

See here for more information and submission guidelines.


1. Governance & Leadership
2. Safety
3. Housing & Land Rights
4. Economic Security
5.  Education
6.  Health
7. Transportation
8.  Environment & Resilience
9. Child & Elder Care
10. Diversity & Inclusion
11. Arts, Media & Culture
12. Indigenous Peoples
13. Refugees & Immigrants
14. Infrastructure & Services
15. Urban Spaces
16. Peace
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The website is developed and administered by the Women Transforming Cities International Society.

Copyright * Women Friendly Cities Challenge February 2018, All rights reserved. 

Contact us: wfcc@womentransformingcities.org

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Last update: August 2020

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