In each of the partner cities, the Advisor to the Mayor on the Advancement of Gender Equality together with a multi-sectoral steering committee is leading a City for All process , which leads to the creation of a Gender Equality Action Plan approved by the Mayor and the City Council and incorporated into the city’s work plans
The need for a City for All program was born out of Itach-Ma’aki’s many years of field and legal work in local governments in Israel.
- In most of the In Israeli cities, issues facing women, especially disenfranchised women, are not adequately addressed. (references)
- "Local government studies have found that urban services are consumed differently by women and men, and this is true of education, health, public transport, sports, culture, well-being, and basically every area. Men and women are placed in different social positions and as a result women's needs are not adequately reflected in policy planning processes. This, of course, has implications for society as a whole. "
- Poverty rates among women are disproportionately high, and while women make up the majority clientele for municipal services, the policies that govern their use do not address gender or the specific issues poor women face.
- In mixed Arab-Jewish cities, the needs of women are even more complex as they are compounded by the needs of diverse and marginalized communities.
- If women were involved in municipal decision-making processes, we would have a conduit to resolve the issues we face. But women are drastically underrepresented in our municipal governments -- occupying only 18% of senior municipal positions. (source: https://en.idi.org.il/articles/6746) (https://main.knesset.gov.il/EN/activity/mmm/RepresentationofWomeninLocalGovernment-%2520CollectedDatafollowingthe2018LocalElections.pdf)
- Although there have been recent efforts to advance gender equality in cities, genuine and overarching gender mainstreaming in cities is severely lacking and not institutionalized. Gender perspectives are not taken into account when tackling issues such as social services, transportation, education, protection from violence, employment opportunities, and other municipal activities that affect women daily.
- Despite the existence of significant expertise among women in civil society, municipalities have not prioritized cooperation with women residents or local grassroot organizations in order to structurally integrate gender mainstreaming into city administration.
- We need more women in positions of municipal power. It has been proven that when women are included in decision-making bodies, there is greater innovation and problem-solving, and that solutions are longer-lasting. (source: https://www.governing.com/gov-institute/voices/col-why-need-more-women-chief-administrative-officer-local-government.html)