Programming should keep gender as a main consideration in all urban planning and design processes

Urban planning and design is a complex field – every project must take into consideration many factors including environmental impacts, traffic impacts, social impacts, accessibility impacts and aesthetic impacts. Gender issues are but one factor that urban planners and developers must consider. Sometimes, in the face of many other issues, consideration of gender can get lost in the urban planning and design process. Therefore, it is important that community and women’s groups, local governments, planning departments, and women citizens themselves work together to keep gender as a main issue in all urban planning and design processes. It is important that considerations for one social issue do not override gender matters. For example, in regards to environmental issues related to planning and design, all green and urban regeneration initiatives should also be gender mainstreamed (Davies, et al., 2002).