Gender equality in sustainable development has been recognized by the international community for some time now, and there has been significant progress in recent years. SDG 5, which is a stand-alone target on gender, and the NUA, which not only commits to supporting local governments in implementing gender-responsive approaches but also mentions "gender-responsive budgeting, accounting, procurement, reporting, auditing and oversight" are proof of this.
Throughout history, women have contributed to sustainable solutions in every aspect of urban life, from culture to ecology, to food security, to human rights. History has proven that in order for societies to be sustainable, gender must be a lens through which all urban and territorial policy-making is considered. Gender-sensitive policies benefit all and unlock transformative potential across the board, altering attitudes, behaviours, and values to generate individual, community, and environmental well-being.