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
<p>Jo Pe&ntilde;a is a City Planner at the City of Chicago. She contributed to multiple efforts within the Bureau of Zoning, including special use review, site plan reviews, and database management.</p><p>Previously, she was a Senior Research Associate at APA, where she worked on projects related to climate resilience, community health, equity, and interdisciplinary collaboration.</p><p>Jo received her planning degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she specialized in environmental planning.</p>