One of the main challenges faced by a smart city is to implement a gender mainstreaming approach in order to include in the smart city paradigm a real promotion of equal opportunities, a precondition for citizens’ participation.

Gender mainstreaming calls for promoting equal opportunity in all political activities, across all public policy areas, throughout the process of policy-making – from agenda-setting, to decision-making, to implementation and evaluation.

For this reason, in this section we propose a tool to help policy-makers assess whether, and to what extent, equal opportunities are a priority in their local agenda. The instrument is applicable to the organization of the city and to each smart policy area: Environment, Mobility, Citizenship, Living, Government and political participation, Economy.