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Frequently Asked Questions

What is CHANGE?

The City Hub and Network for Gender Equity (CHANGE) is a global network of cities working together to advance gender equity. It is a learning space and ecosystem for local governments and their partners to iterate on initiatives that make communities safer and more accessible for women-identifying residents. In doing so, our network keeps the rights of women and girls at the top of the global municipal agenda, and fosters trust and collaboration between policy makers to foster feminist cities.

CHANGE focuses on three areas of work: gathering and analyzing gender data for municipal policy making; tackling gender-based violence; and supporting caregivers.

Who founded CHANGE? 

CHANGE was founded in 2020 by 6 cities: Barcelona, Freetown, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City and Tokyo.

Which cities are currently part of the network?

CHANGE is currently made up of 12 cities:

  • Barcelona 
  • Bogotá
  • Buenos Aires 
  • Freetown 
  • London 
  • Los Angeles
  • Louisville
  • Melbourne
  • Mexico City 
  • Quezon City
  • Stockholm
  • Tokyo

Who is the Chair of the network? 

Mexico City is currently Chair, and has been since 2022. Los Angeles served as founding Chair from 2020 – 2022.

Who can join? Can I work with CHANGE without being a member?

To keep the network’s efforts focused and impactful, membership is by invitation only. However, CHANGE has a series of open-door events to share knowledge with a wider audience. Keep an eye out for public working group events on our latest updates” page.

What are the criteria for membership?

Interested cities must have demonstrated a commitment to gender equity through policies, initiatives, and programs. Importantly, members must recognize and address intersecting inequalities predicated upon race, religion, ethnic origin, and disability and be inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression diversity.

CHANGE does not have a membership fee. 

What are the advantages of membership?

Our network creates a space of trust and collaboration between members. Relevant policy teams within the group exchange with counterparts in other municipalities, allowing them to discuss shared challenges and successful interventions.

Network members can also work with the Secretariat to stand up new cross-city projects. CHANGE will help source financial and professional support for research and pilot projects. CHANGE also helps position mayors and municipalities in global conversations on gender equity, development, and inclusive urban planning.

What is city diplomacy?

From climate change to immigration, tourism, and pandemics, cities respond to challenges and opportunities that stem from far beyond their geographic borders. As such, mayors and municipalities have been thrust onto the global stage as key actors in responding to global development issues.

Importantly, municipalities are well-positioned to channel global solutions to local problems and elevate local concerns to an international conversation. Working closer to their residents than any other level of government, municipal leaders are essential in building equitable communities.

Why gender?

Women, girls and people of diverse gender identities face more barriers than their cis-male counterparts, including greater gender-based violence, fewer legal rights, fewer job opportunities, and a disproportionate burden of unpaid domestic work. Removing barriers to the full participation of women, girls and gender nonbinary people in our communities is not only a moral imperative, but it also enables cities to function better for everyone. CHANGE cities know that investments in women are not only right and fair, they are also smart investments in everyone around them.

How can I get in contact?

Drop us a line here!

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