There is increasing evidence that women and men experience cities in different ways.
Therefore gender-sensitive urban planning is needed. However, like other built environment occupations, the planning profession has traditionally been ‘gender
blind’. The Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) has been a strong advocate
for ‘reinventing planning’ (Farmer et al. 2006). CAP argues for ‘planning as an
inclusive process ... rooted in concerns for equity’ (CAP 2008). Gender equality is one
dimension of this kind of inclusive planning. This position, which was endorsed by the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum in 2006, also reflects the Commonwealth’s strong commitment to gender equality. So why does gender matter in urban planning? And, what might ‘gendered planning practice’ hope to achieve?