City Hub And Network for Gender Equity (CHANGE)

Harnessing the collective power of cities to achieve gender equality.

The City of Los Angeles is a founding member of the City Hub And Network for Gender Equity (CHANGE), the first international coalition of cities committed to advancing gender equity in local governments and policies. Launched in Fall 2020 with fellow founding cities London, Barcelona, Freetown, Mexico City, and Tokyo, CHANGE will use the gender equity toolkit developed by the City of Los Angeles as a model for identifying disparities and implementing systemic changes across city operations. Member cities will promote gender equity initiatives and policies, exchange best practices in tackling gender-based injustice, and track their progress on eliminating disparities.

On July 12th, 2022, on the margins of the UN High-level Political Forum, CHANGE launched its 2022 Voluntary Gender Review. The Voluntary Gender R is a first-of-its-kind network progress report on SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. This report summarizes concrete actions local governments can take to accelerate and measure progress towards gender equality. The launch event, co-hosted by Metropolis, will bring together city leaders from around the world to share experiences and promote solutions to gender inequality that draw from our individual strengths and collective showing progress on  22 gender data indicators as well as case studies across four thematic areas:

  • Economic Opportunity
  • Physical Autonomy
  • Local Governance
  • Built Environment

Issue Area

Equity, Government Innovation


Mayor’s Office of International Affairs,
Mayor’s of Barcelona, Freetown, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Tokyo and Bogota,
Open Society Foundations,
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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