Vienna is a model city for gender mainstreaming. As the only federal province in Austria, Vienna established a project office for gender mainstreaming in the Chief Executive Office of the City Administration in 2005. Positioning gender mainstreaming at the senior management level has proven beneficial.
The success of gender mainstreaming is already visible in many areas: in labour market policies and the design and planning of public spaces, parks, playgrounds and day care centres. So far, there has been a particular emphasis on the gender aspect in the areas of urban planning, housing, public health, youth, and parks and gardens. 19 departments of the City Administration have already initiated gender mainstreaming activities.
The funds that are financed by the City of Vienna also apply the principles of gender mainstreaming in their work. Vienna’s know-how in the implementation of gender mainstreaming is internationally sought after. Experts of the City of Vienna have shared their knowledge and experience in many cities in Europe and the United States.
Examples of Gender Mainstreaming in Vienna
With targeted municipal offers and services, the City of Vienna aims to achieve positive sociopolitical changes for all citizens. One of the top goals of the City Administration is the increased orientation towards the needs and wishes of the citizens. In the context of gender mainstreaming, this means that the different life situations and needs of women and men have to be perceived and considered.
This is best illustrated by some examples:
• Public lighting
• Day care centres
• Safe underground car parks
• Gender budgeting