The Commonwealth Women in Planning (CWIP) Network focuses on gender equality and the participation of women in shaping the built environment. With this goal in mind, CWIP members will exchange knowledge, expertise, and experience on the role of women in the planning profession and the impact of planning and design on women’s safety, prosperity, and empowerment.



To ensure all self-identified women and girls have the social, economic and political power to
shape our shared built environment.



Preliminary Goals and Objectives


The Commonwealth Women in Planning Network has been developed to support CAP in its mission to advance the worldwide promotion of planning as a fundamental part of governance for sustainable human settlement. CWIP is dedicated to providing a gender-based lens through which we can examine the built environment, advance the Sustainable Development Goals, and support women working in the planning profession.

The Commonwealth Women in Planning Network aims to:


  • Advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals; in particular Goal 5: Gender Equality, Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals;

  • Develop a manifesto that proclaims the potential of planning and design to advance gender equality to achieve global economic, social, environmental and cultural objectives in cooperation with CAP member organizations;

  • Develop a mentorship program for female students and emerging professionals working in the built environment;

  • Support and promote online and print publications written by CWIP members, including blog entries, journal articles, white papers, and books, to advance research, information-sharing, and collaboration between international planning professionals;

  • Develop, maintain, and advance partnerships with CAP member organizations, UN Women, Women in Cities International, Women Transforming Cities, and others; and

  • Develop a toolkit for professional planners to assist them in applying a gender lens to planning projects around the globe.

CAP member organizations are invited to join the emerging CWIP network. Together, we can ensure that the work undertaken by CWIP is current, relevant, and balanced across the Commonwealth.

I encourage anyone who is interested in CWIP to follow and become actively involved in CWIP through CAP’s social media networks. To get in touch with me directly, please feel free to contact me at

Kristin Agnello, RPP, MCIP
Commonwealth Women in Planning Network Co-ordinator