Gender Mainstreaming

PAS QuickNotes 84

By Johamary Pena, AICP


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Gender mainstreaming is the process of identifying how decisions impact people by gender and using that information to make decisions that benefit all community members. It seeks to reduce adverse impacts that may result when program or policy decisions are made without gender considerations. When applied to planning practice, gender mainstreaming can lead to decisions that protect the integrity and dignity of all people.

This edition of PAS QuickNotes explains the concept of gender mainstreaming and summarizes how local officials and planners can begin integrating gender equity considerations into planning processes to help build more inclusive and just communities.


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Feb. 1, 2020
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About the Author

Johamary Pena, AICP
Jo Peña is a Senior Research Associate at APA. She provides research support on projects related to climate resilience, community health, equity, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Recently, she has been involved in projects related to increasing physical activity through the built environment, hazard mitigation, environmental health, and increasing connectivity between community resilience initiatives across planning activities. Apart from working on sponsored research projects, she contributes to advancing organizational strategic initiatives, Planning Advisory Service publications, and on occasion, Planning magazine. Jo received her planning degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she specialized in environmental planning.