This group of experts from the public sector, academia and financial institutions launched the ‘Gender-Responsive Infrastructure’ workstream in March 2020 with two main goals in mind:
First, to counter the flawed yet widespread perception that infrastructure is gender-neutral, which consistently leads to a failure to adequately consider the different roles, responsibilities and needs of women. As a result of such gender-blind planning, women across the world remain disproportionally affected by inadequate energy, sanitation, transport and other critical infrastructures. Over the last months, this workstream has therefore been working to bring the following insight to the fore of global policy debates: Without a pivot to gender-responsible infrastructure, true progress on SDGs and the transformation towards a more sustainable, prosperous and inclusive future for all remains elusive.
Second, to move from theory to action, this group has been developing educational materials that provide actionable guidance to infrastructure professionals on how to plan, build and operate truly inclusive infrastructures.
Building on the progress and results of the work stream, EMSD and its partner, the Mexican development bank Banobras, initiated a training on gender-responsive infrastructure. The workshop deepened the knowledge on tools and strategies of about 20 participants from Banobras and Proyectos México. In five sessions, participants discussed case studies of Mexican infrastructure projects and shared their practical insights on the topic.