About the Commission on Gender Equity

About 

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:

  1. Recognizes the diversity of gender, including gender identity and expression.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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 here

Annual Report

CGE’s first Annual Report shares highlights of the Commission’s first 30 months of operation. Between June 2015, when it was established by Mayor Bill de Blasio, and December 2017, CGE,

  • built its capacity to carry out its mandate by appointing commissioners, hiring staff, identifying areas of focus, establishing work groups to conduct deeper research and analysis, and developing inter-agency staff partnerships to integrate the gender lens across city agencies,
  • established inter-agency and cross-sector collaborations to work on a variety of programmatic initiatives
  • engaged and educated the public on matters related to gender equity
  • engaged the philanthropic community to raise critical financial resources to advance its work
  • recommended and advocated for policies that advance gender equity.

Read CGE’s first Annual Report to learn more about its work to advance gender equity in the City.

Mandate

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.