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Her City Toolbox

A digital resource for inclusive urban planning

When girls design cities, they design for everyone. Girls plan with diversity and different needs in mind. Collaboration and participation are key in creating a city for everyone. Her City Toolbox is a digital platform that increases the capacity of end users to plan for a city that can belong to everyone.

The toolbox is the result of a joint initiative by Global Challenge (“Global Utmaning”, in Swedish) and UN-Habitat. It is financed by the swedish Innovation Agency – Vinnova and the Block by Block Foundation, White Arkitekter, Hyresgästföreningen (the Swedish Tenants’ Association) and MethodKit.

Inclusive Urban Planning

The digital platform Her City Toolbox is used to include girls and young women in the city planning process.

Politicians, city planners and real estate companies are some of the end users that gain increased capacity to create accessible, inclusive, and equal public places.

The toolbox seeks to develop, publish, and implement methods and tools that contribute to increased equality and inclusion in urban development. This digital platform is available in open source so all stakeholders can implement its method autonomously in their local context.

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Contributing to the 2030 Agenda

The toolbox consists of nine blocks representing the three phases in urban planning – assessment, design and implementation. Each phase has its set of concrete activities and steps, from stakeholder engagement to implementation and follow up. The project contributes to a range of the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • SDG3 on health and well-being
  • SDG5 on gender equality
  • SDG10 on reducing inequality
  • SDG11 on sustainable cities and communities
  • SDG16 on peace, justice, and strong institutions

Additionally, working with projects towards these goals have been shown to also contribute to other SDGs on the local level.


#UrbanGirlsMovement – from pilot project to global toolbox


It started with UrbanGirlsMovement

Her City Toolbox is the result of the Urban Girls Movementlaunched in 2017, then financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

The Urban Girls Movement sought to map efficient methods and tools that contribute to increased equality and inclusion in urban development.

The ambition was to highlight the values of increasingly involving women and girls in urban development processes.