There is a vast gender inequality especially in the developing world and they are invisible in the development process. Women make up the 70% of the individuals living in poverty. There is a disproportionate ratio of women to men in the job market and at leadership positions, low levels of education among women, and low socio-economic status among women. Women and girls mostly occupy subordinate positions at work and in families.

While females contribute at least half of the urban population and are significant users of built environment as workers, market traders, public transport passengers, care givers, yet, the built environment design and construction is a predominantly “male” dominated arena as most engineers, politicians and decision makers at the municipal level. Unsuitable or insufficient public infrastructure that meet the requirements and expectations of women and girls limits their freedom and mobility, their ability to fully participate in community and public life or be economically productive, and increase their exposure to gender based violence.

UMC being a women driven organisation believes that women are dynamic change agents and not mere passive beneficiaries of social services.

UMC has integrated a gender focus across all of its research, programs and projects to improve outcomes and bring equality.