Our network convenes and supports city members committed to a shared goal, but operating in distinct local contexts. Together, we are transforming government systems and services for more than 50 million women, girls, and people with non-binary gender identities living in CHANGE cities. We focus on three thematic areas:
Caregiving is inextricably linked to gender justice. Around the world, women spend three times as much time as men on unpaid care work. This demanding responsibility often leaves women time-poor, making it challenging for them to pursue education, take care of their well-being, engage in social and political life, or simply rest.
At CHANGE, we believe that municipal decision-makers possess the power and responsibility to remove major barriers in the lives of caregivers. We work with urban policymakers to better understand and acknowledge the crucial work performed by caregivers, especially in areas where government services are insufficient. Our aim is to help cities strengthen local care systems, relieving the burden often shouldered by women and girls, and redistributing care responsibilities throughout communities.
Caring Cities Full Report
More than one in three women worldwide has experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. That statistic increases when accounting for individuals with non-binary gender identities. This alarming reality demands our collective action.
Gender-based violence is a symptom of a range of societal norms and inequalities that mayors and municipalities have the power and responsibility to address. Together, CHANGE cities are working to create safer and more inclusive public, private, and digital spaces. We believe that everyone should be able to access essential services freely, and actively participate in and contribute to their communities. Our focus areas include violence prevention, support for victims and survivors, building trust in local institutions, and holding perpetrators accountable.
Gender data is critical to understanding how gender identity and expression affect access to resources, services, and opportunities. It sheds light on gender inequality and aids governments and service providers in designing intervention strategies to bridge gaps. Localized data is particularly valuable for tailoring policies and programs in cities, but municipalities often lack granular data. Recognizing that you “cannot manage what you cannot measure,” CHANGE assists cities in gathering and interpreting data against specific indicators that gauge women’s experiences in areas such as the built environment, local governance, economic opportunity, and physical autonomy.
From Thought Leadership to Action
CHANGE has served as a platform for knowledge exchange, advocacy, and trust-building among cities on gender equity issues through regular working group meetings and participation in major global events. As the network continues to evolve, CHANGE is expanding our offerings to members, becoming a practical tool for cities to develop solutions and access valuable resources to enhance programs and policies that impact women-identifying residents.