Public Procurement

Public procurement refers to the process through which governments, cities and public entities acquire goods, services, and infrastructure from private sector suppliers. In the context of gender equality, public procurement policies can be used as a powerful tool to advance this goal. By incorporating gender considerations into procurement practices, governments can support women-owned businesses, promote fair employment practices, and ensure that goods and services are designed to meet the specific needs of all genders. The overall objective is to leverage public procurement as a means to create more inclusive, equitable, and diverse economies within cities, where gender equality is not only a policy goal but also a tangible reality.

Best Practice Examples:

Gender Mainstreaming in Vienna

The Department for Gender Mainstreaming supports the departments and offices of the Vienna City Administration in their gender mainstreaming process. Find more information on objectives, principles and gendermainstreaming examples, as well as the publication “Gender Mainstreaming made easy”.


Procurement: Good practice from Berlin

The “Berlin Model” of advancement of women through public procurement.


London: Delivering gender eqality through procurement

The London Fire Brigade plays a key role in shaping the way procurement can deliver gender equality within the fire service.


Vienna hinges public procurement on the promotion of women

The City of Vienna sets a milestone in the promotion of gender equality and in closing the gender pay gap. Businesses are put in charge to give priority to gender equality if they want to obtain a contract by the City of Vienna.


The URBACT GenProcure Action Planning Network

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