City of Vienna Department for City Planning.


Half of our population is made up of women. Yet historically cities have been planned by men. Our towns and cities have inadvertently been designed without considering how half of the people living in them go about their daily lives.


Vienna’s municipality has produced a whole document dedicated to gender mainstreaming in urban planning and development entitled “Manual for Gender Mainstreaming in Urban Planning and Urban Development”. It is intended to be a tool for quality assurance by planners. The guidance contains prompts and objectives, as well as practical case study examples to illustrate how gender mainstreaming has practically been achieved on 50 pilot projects. This manual sits alongside the city’s development plan.


The conversations about the success of Vienna’s Gender Mainstreaming approach, all lead back to one point - the pilot projects. Implementation of Vienna’s gender sensitive planning began with a series of pilot projects which took place around the city. They ranged from improving streetscapes and public parks to a small number of housing projects that were designed by women with women in mind.

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