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Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city in Argentina. The greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area has a population of more than 15 million people. Jorge Macri was elected Mayor in October 2023 for a four-year term.

For over 30 years, the city government in Buenos Aires has worked to advance women’s rights. The city has one of the most modern and egalitarian Constitutions and was among the pioneers to create a dedicated agency to advance equality and women’s rights.

mayor Jorge Macri

Gender Indicators System of Buenos Aires

The City’s Gender Indicators System examines economic, political, sociodemographic, and administrative data to understand gender gaps and encourage the design of evidence-based public policies.

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gender equality portal

Buenos Aires’ Gender Equality Portal is a digital hub providing residents with information on the City’s public policies, programs, and projects that promote gender equality.

Comprehensive Strategy for Gender Equality

In 2018 the Buenos Aires City Government launched its Comprehensive Strategy for Gender Equality. The Strategy sets out a vision where all women living in Buenos Aires can move freely and enjoy public spaces without violence, where they can be active participants in economic development, and where they have a voice, occupying decision-making positions in the public and private sectors.

Subsequently, in 2021, the City reaffirmed its commitment to equality by creating the Unit for Gender Equality (UNIG) to guarantee gender mainstreaming throughout all public policies, projects, and government departments; to achieve equal opportunities and rights for women, men and gender nonconforming residents; and to promote the role of women as the engine of economic competitiveness, productivity, and sustainable development.

Comprehensive Care Map

The Comprehensive Care Map is a part of the Buenos Aires Comprehensive Care and Assistance System, a set of actions that recognize and prioritize care and assistance as a central activity in the functioning of society and seek to promote the weekbeing and autonomy of the entire population. 

The Comprehensive Care Map is an interactive tool that allows users to visualize and locate the public and private offerings available for child care, gerontological assistance and assistance for people with disabilities. It seeks to facilitate care arrangements for families, especially women, who take on most of the burden of unpaid care.

Gender Violence Map

The Gender Violence Map provides a tool aimed at the collection, processing, and analysis of information to guide public care, prevention, and awareness policies related to gender violence. Using geospatial mapping technology allows the city to target efforts to tackle gender-based violence in high-need locations, with the goal of creating environments where women feel more safe and protected. 

Public-Private Initiative for Gender Equality in the Labor Market

In 2018, the City partnered with the private sector to launch the Public-Private Initiative for Gender Equality in the Labor Market, to encourage more women to join the labor market and work on equal terms with men. By centering women in Buenos Aires’ economic development strategy, the initiative was able to identify key factors that prevent women from working and establish corporate policies that respond to women’s unique needs as laborers. Together, the City Government, private corporations, and the women of Buenos Aires are discussing topics like the gender pay gap, women’s entrepreneurship, and women’s economic empowerment through policymaking.

The Initiative’s Action Plan focuses on five main pillars within gender equity:

  1. The expansion of agreements with innovation-leading companies.
  2. Data gathering and analysis to diagnose common issues and create suitable solutions.
  3. The creation of dialogue and exchange spaces between the public and private sectors.
  4. The establishment of frequent co-creation spaces.
  5. The design of shared company policies and commitments to promote gender equality.

comprehensive care centers & line 144

Comprehensive Centers for Women are spaces throughout the city where women can access information and services. The Centers offer accompaniment, therapeutic assistance, and free legal advice to women in situations of gender and/or sexual violence. The City also created Line 144, a free hotline to guide, advise, and inform women in situations of violence.

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