Gender-Responsive Infrastructure

Gender-Responsive Infrastructure

Inclusive Infrastructure Development for Equal Opportunities and Benefits 

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.

 

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Thematic Brief

"Gender-Responsive Infrastructure"

The document illustrates how COVID-19 unveiled the shortcomings of gender-blind infrastructure development. It makes the case that taking a gender-responsive approach would trigger enormous economic, social and environmental spill-over effects. Next, the document points to key existing tools and frameworks to successfully mainstream gender across the infrastructure lifecycle.

Policy Brief

Gender-Responsive Infrastructure for a Prosperous and Inclusive Africa

Sunita Pitamber and Zeinab Elbakri have been instrumental to setting up the African Network for Women in Infrastructure (ANWIN) – a group of women industry leaders that works to mainstream gender into the continental Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). ANWIN are currently working on a Policy Brief which outlines how African policy makers can unleash the potential gender-responsive infrastructure holds for women’s economic empowerment and the realization of Africa’s Agenda 2063.

GSI Global Table - Vision Statement

"COVID-19 & the Reinforced Case for Sustainable Infrastructure Development"

The workstream participants contributed to the Global Table with a vision statement providing recommendations to the G20 on how to address economic recovery, climate change and gender inequality in an integrated approach to ‘building back better’.

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Should you be interested in learning more about the Solutions Lab, please reach out to:

Ms. Vanessa Bauer
  vanessa.bauer@giz.de
  +49 6196 79-7424

 

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