Study for the Incorporation of the gender perspective in the implementation and design of municipal facilities in Barcelona

Public space and municipal facilities – which are part of this space of public use – are not gender-neutral. There is a gender gap in the use of municipal services and facilities. In other words, women and men experience the city and make differential use of municipal services and facilities, depending on traditional roles and gender inequalities that derive from them and condition their daily lives.

This study aims to incorporate a gender perspective in the design, implementation, and management of facilities in the city of Barcelona. Specifically, the study seeks to help reverse the gender gap in the use of municipal services and facilities and contribute to (re)thinking these spaces to make them more inclusive and egalitarian.

In this sense, the following are offered:

  • Recommendations to incorporate a gender perspective and carry out a feminist transformation of existing municipal facilities.
  • Recommendations to incorporate a gender perspective in newly constructed municipal facilities.
  • Specific recommendations for a feminist transformation of municipal restrooms, changing rooms, and nurseries.

With this in mind, seven types of municipal facilities are analyzed:

  • Sports facilities
  • Youth facilities
  • Children’s facilities
  • Facilities for the elderly
  • Social care and inclusion facilities
  • Commercial facilities
  • Cultural facilities, including libraries

For each type of facility, particular elements, both interior and exterior, are studied that potentially may generate differential use by gender or different user experiences. The objective is to identify possible obstacles and discriminations and propose alternatives to reverse them from a gender perspective.



[1,620,343 inhabitants]



Type of project

Urban Strategies

Urban pedagogy


24 months [2019-2021]


Barcelona City Council’s

Department of Gender

Services and Times Policies



*estel (Alba Domínguez Ferrer,

Konstantina Chrysostomou,

Marc Deu Ferrer, Arnau Boix i


Ana Paricio



Municipal agents (Departament

de Transversalitat de Gènere,

Departament de Prospectiva –

Model Urbà – d’Ecologia Urbana,

Institut Municipal de Persones

amb Discapacitat, Departament

d’Atenció Social a la Família i la

Infància, Departament de

Joventut, Coordinació de l’Espai

Jove Garcilaso, Institut

Municipal Barcelona Esports –

Direcció de Serveis

d’Instal·lacions i Obres, Punt

d’Informació i Atenció a les

Dones, Institut de Cultura de

Barcelona, Direcció de Cultura de



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