A good example of including the gender perspective in municipal plans against discrimination (in this case against Islamophobia) is the “Municipal Plan against Islamophobia” from the City Council in Barcelona.
First of all taking into account that Muslim women are often not well represented by the traditional participative mechanisms that NGOs and administrations are used to
“The voice of Muslim women cannot be limited to the representatives of associations and places of worship. That is why two consultation groups were carried out to listen specifically to the voice of Muslim women, as one of the main conclusions of the previous analysis of the situation was that Islamophobia particularly affects women”
And secondly, the Plan take into account in a special way the specific characteristics of gender.
“GG 1.3.-Highlight the specific characteristics of gender-based Islamophobia
1.3.A.-Include the perspective of gender and intersectionality towards Muslim women in the execution of the measures of the PlanGender transversality in the various areas of inequality and discrimination that foster Islamophobia means that it is necessary for all the measures included in this Plan to consider the specific needs of women during the design, planning and execution of the associated actions. The cross-over of all the areas of discrimination (gender, class, country of origin, religious practice) requires us to pay special attention to these forms of discrimination that have a specific impact.
1.3.B.-Raising the profile of the specific impact of intersectionality in discrimination towards Muslim women, for gender-based and Islamophobic motives The educational and awareness-raising materials designed to create awareness of Islamophobia as a form of discrimination, the forms in which it is expressed and its effects will show how Muslim women, or those perceived as such, suffer pointedly from this discrimination.
1.3.C.-Support and empower Muslim women who live in the city when reporting incidents of IslamophobiaThe specific needs of women require special attention when facilitating the networks and spaces that provide access to guarantee mechanisms. Specific systems of access adapted to the different realities of Muslim women in the city will be planned by creating referral networks from the support services to the women (PIAD women’s support and information point network, CIRD, etc.)”