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

             -Lucy Turnbull (first female mayor of Sydney, Australia)



This website is to become a living library of Wise Practices from around the world that help make cities more women friendly and better for all. 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, including grassroots organizations, the private sector, and academia. By collecting these Wise Practices, we hope to share knowledge, inspire innovation, improve networking and collaboration and challenge ourselves to make cities equitable, inclusive, sustainable and thriving for all. 

What is a "Wise Practice?"

The term “Wise Practices” has been actively propagated by UNESCO (2000) with an understanding that the definition, conceptualization, and implementation of wise practices will continually evolve and be subject to refinement, as individual and community experience and knowledge expands. Wise practices are best being defined as locally-appropriate actions, tools, principles or decisions that contribute significantly to the development of sustainable and equitable social conditions.”

Reference: Wesley-Esquimax and Calliou 2010: 19

Why a WOMEN friendly city?


Some may feel that making a city women friendly excludes others, but this is not the case. 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. 

Definition of Women-friendly Cities (UN Women)

  • A city where women and girls can enjoy public spaces and public life without fear of being assaulted.

  • A city where violence is not exercised against women and girls in either the home or the street.

  • A city where women and girls are not discriminated against and where their economic, social, political, and cultural rights are guaranteed.

  • A city where women and girls participate in making decisions that affect the community in which they live.

  • A city where the state guarantees the human rights of all people without excluding women and girls.

  • A city where the state and local government take actions to provide attention, prevention, and punishment for violence against women and girls.

  • A city where the state and local government guarantee women’s and girls' access to justice.

Wise Practices Library & Goals

The WFCC library is linked to the Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda of UN Habitat and to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. The Wise Practices are sorted by Goals that are identified in international agreements.  Wise Practices include policies, projects or community initiatives that assist governments, community members and others to improve the lives of women, girls and vulnerable members of society. Submissions are collected from governments, civil society, grassroots organizations, the private sector, and academia.


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.

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