The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were unanimously adopted by all member states of the United Nations in 2015, to capture a universal development agenda for our shared, global future.

Since 2016, countries have documented their progress against these 17 Goals through Voluntary National Reviews. In recent years, cities have begun reporting their progress through Voluntary Local Reviews, recognizing the fact that cities, regions, and local governments are essential leaders in addressing global challenges such as climate change, economic and social inequality, and global health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adding to this culture of voluntary reporting, CHANGE has created the world’s first Voluntary Gender Review (VGR). Just as CHANGE is an example of how governments can create strategic partnerships focused on one specific goal, this VGR is an example of how we share our work to bring the world closer to SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. In this report, our eight member cities share how each is working to achieve gender equality and how we are working collectively to create new methods and guideposts to get there within this generation.


In this report, CHANGE presents 22 gender data indicators as well as case studies across four thematic areas:

  • Economic Opportunity
  • Physical Autonomy
  • Local Governance
  • Built Environment

Click the box above to view the Voluntary Gender Review in English or Spanish.


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.