Women and SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

SDG-11 aspires to ensure access for all to sustainable adequate, safe and affordable housing, transport and public spaces by 2030.

You already read about the gender-gap in environmental awareness in the context of SDG-7 and will remember that women in general are more inclined than men to assure sustainable development. Compared with men, they are also more vulnerable to assaults and harassments. This is why - again! - women’s motivation to achieve SDG-11 is higher because infrastructure safety improvements are in their own best interest. Safe urban public spaces as well as safe public transport to work or hospital are much more vital to them. So strengthening girls’ and women's voice and participation in making decisions about urban development will accelerate the achievement of SDG-11, too.

Felicitas Heyne


Psychologist and Co-Founder of Audiopedia Foundation