About the Commission on Gender Equity
Concerned that far too many New Yorkers continue to face discrimination because of their gender, Mayor de Blasio established the Commission on Gender Equity (CGE) in June 2015 to address issues of inequity and discrimination facing girls, women, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons regardless of ability, age, ethnicity/race, faith, gender expression, immigrant status, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
In September 2016, the City Council and the de Blasio Administration determined that it was essential to permanently establish CGE, ensuring a long-term focus on eliminating gender discrimination in New York City.
To that end, Local Law 67 was passed mandating that CGE:
- Study the nature and extent of inequities facing women, girls and TGNC individuals in the City and their impact on the economic, civic, and social well-being of women, girls and TGNC individuals.
- Advise on ways to analyze the function and composition of city agencies through a gender-based lens and ways to develop equitable recruitment strategies.
- Make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council for the reduction of gender-based inequality.
- Report annually to the Mayor and City Council on its activities over the previous twelve months, goals for the following year, and recommendations to advance gender equity.
To successfully carry out its mandate, CGE:
- Recognizes the diversity of gender, including gender identity and expression.
- Operates with an intersectional lens: the populations of focus will be girls, women, and transgender and gender non-conforming individuals regardless of ability, age, ethnicity/race, faith, gender expression, immigrant status, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
- Ensures that the City leads in the development and implementation of best practices in gender equitable policies and programs for its workforce and its residents.
Advancing Gender Equity in New York City—2018 - 2021 Strategic Plan
The Commission on Gender Equity's Strategic Plan—Advancing Gender Equity in New York City announces the Commission's goals and strategies to advance gender equity in New York City through the remainder of the de Blasio administration. The plan also identifies lead initiatives which will be the initial programmatic focus of each strategy.
The plan also introduces the City's first-ever Gender Equity Inter-Agency Partnership, aimed at helping develop an integrated and sustainable approach to achieving gender equity in NYC. The group is comprised of senior-level agency representatives from City agencies. Read the CGE 2018 - 2021 Strategic Plan
CGE's 2019 Annual Report covers the twelve month period from January through December 2019 and presents the goals for January through December 2020. Highlights of 2019 accomplishments include:
- Held five Gender Equity Summits—one in develop additional gender each of the five boroughs—in which equitable policies and community members learned about CGE’s practices work, suggested directions that will resonate with their constituencies, and committed their support to ongoing efforts.
- Continued its leadership of the Gender infrastructure to advance Equity Interagency Partnership (GEIP)— gender equity by senior-level representatives across city strengthening the Gender agencies who work together to develop, Equity Inter-Agency advocate for and implement an integrated Partnership achievable approach to achieving gender equity in New York City.
- Shared New York’s gender-equity goals and efforts with a progressive achievements with diverse leaders at a range global human rights of local and international events including framework Making Cities for All: An Invitation to Thinkers, Doers and Change-Makers with the UN Development Programme and The Progress of Women in Cities: International Discussions towards Gender Equality in the Labour Market in Buenos Aires.
Read the 2019 Annual Report
Read the 2018 Annual Report
Read CGE's first annual report, 2015-2017
Executive Order Number 10
In 2015, Mayor de Blasio established New York City's Commission on Gender Equity (CGE) through Executive Order Number 10.
Local Law 67
CGE was codified into local law in September 2016 with a mandate to study inequities facing women and girls and their social and economic consequences and advise the Mayor and City Council on strategies to mitigate those inequities. Learn more about Local Law 67.