International Women's Day


The Covid-19 pandemic has deepened gender inequalities over the past year, causing women’s job loads to grow as they juggle additional childcare with work, increasing the number of already unequal unpaid tasks that they shoulder, such as household chores. Meanwhile, women were also disproportionately affected by rising unemployment as a result of the crisis, leaving them more financially vulnerable as a consequence. These are just a few examples of how women have been impacted by the pandemic, making International Women’s Day more important than ever to celebrate this year. This bundle brings together our relevant content on women’s role in local government as well as ideas for how councils can improve women’s position in society through policymaking, urban planning and better data.


Latest: Population density and workplace gender equality

This briefing draws on and examines Australian research showing that, while inner cities have a much more integrated workforce, workforce gender segregation is greater in the suburbs and regions.


Local Government: By Women, For Women

In this briefing we look at two successful local government programmes in Ireland and Australia: one engaging women in politics by encouraging political participation and improved perception of female politicians; and one providing young women with tools to support confidence, resilience and leadership in all aspects of their lives.

Excuse me… why is it women are not seen?

Kim Fellows weighs in on Invisible Women: Exposing data bias in a world designed for men, and the exclusion of women in designing the environments around us – from PPE not fitting women’s bodies to Alexa not recognising female voices. Read the blog here.

How can we make urban planning work for women?

Urban planning and governance require gender sensitivity to be sustainable, equitable, and effective. This briefing sets out how ‘mainstreaming’ gender considerations into planning processes takes urban planning beyond the realm of efficiency and into solving issues of social, economic and political equity – promoting civic engagement among women and minorities in the process.

Planning for inclusivity: How Vienna built a gender-equal city

Low visibility of women’s experiences in the male-dominated field of planning can shape our environments to fit male norms, but it doesn’t have to be this way. This blog examines the benefits of applying a gender lens to planning and explores how Vienna became a role model for their application of this approach.

Women in Local Government – report from the Fawcett Society and the LGIU

2018 marked the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave votes to some women for the first time. But over 100 years on, we are still struggling to get to a position of equality when it comes to women’s political representation. This 2017 report contains lessons for improving women’s position in local government that are especially relevant in 2021.

The gender effect: Covid-19 and the impact on women

Although everyone is affected by Covid-19, women’s experiences of the pandemic and lockdown can be significantly different to men’s. Policymakers at a national and local level need to listen to women and ensure that policies meet their specific challenges, or the pandemic may exacerbate existing gender inequalities. This briefing explores the issues.

Visible people – tackling gender mainstreaming in the Nordic states

In this briefing, Patrick Jowett explores how Sweden, Finland and Denmark have successfully worked to take a gender mainstreaming approach to policymaking and the transformative nature of these strategies at a national and local level.

Addressing gender equality in local government and communities

Looking at two Australian case studies, this briefing looks at how for local governments, action towards a more gender equal world can occur at the organisational level, encouraging and supporting equality within their own organisations, as well as in their local communities.

Population density and workplace gender equality

This briefing draws on and examines Australian research showing that, while inner cities have a much more integrated workforce, workforce gender segregation is greater in the suburbs and regions.

The Status of Young Women in Scotland

Patrycja Kupiec, Director of YWCA Scotland, writes on their groundbreaking report and the culmination of three years’ research, The Status of Young Women in Scotland 2018, and what it means for young women in local government in this 2019 blog.

Invisible Men: Notes from the local government book club

This blog reflects on the ideas raised at LGIU’s first-ever local government book club meeting where participants discussed Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez and considers how the information set out in the book could shape local government policymaking.

Tackling period poverty: lessons from Scotland

This briefing from 2018 highlighted Scotland’s move to become the first nation in the world to offer free period products in all schools, colleges and universities. But why is this necessary? This briefing examines the phenomenon of period poverty and what is being done across the UK, and in Ireland, to tackle it.