The City Hub and Network for Gender Equity (CHANGE) believes that local and regional governments have a tremendous impact on the lives of their residents; particularly in shaping how people experience public services and public spaces. Understanding how these experiences differ based on an individual’s gender and intersecting identities, making our cities more welcoming for all people, and together advocating for a gender-equitable future is at the heart of what CHANGE seeks to do. We accomplish this by sharing models for how local leaders and governments implement gender-focused and inclusive policies, sharing data and indicators to measure progress toward these goals, and connecting across sectors and borders to advance gender equality.

This toolkit brings together examples of how CHANGE cities are applying a gender lens in pursuit of more equal communities and a more equal world. These examples are grouped into four categories that describe the varied roles that cities play in our lives: as innovators, employers, service providers, and connectors. Within each category, the toolkit spotlights examples from CHANGE’s six co-founding cities: Barcelona, Freetown, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Tokyo. Throughout the toolkit and again at its conclusion, we pose questions intended to prompt reflection by cities and their partners on how centering gender might re-frame their activities and advance equity to the benefit of all.

Throughout this document, CHANGE uses the term women, girls, and marginalized genders to recognize the diversity of individuals facing structural and social inequality on the basis of their gender identity, including non-binary and genderqueer persons.


The City Hub and Network for Gender Equity (CHANGE) was launched in November 2020 with the shared vision and commitment to achieve gender equity within this generation. To empower women in all their diversity, CHANGE harnesses the collective power of cities to transform government services and systems to the benefit of all. Member cities create systemic change by identifying disparities, implementing initiatives to address needs across city operations, and tracking measures for success. CHANGE believes that to be successful, our work must explicitly recognize and address intersecting inequalities predicated upon race, religion, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.