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Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative (GUCCI)

As of: September 2021

Effective climate policy requires gender mainstreaming and increased participation of women in planning and implementing climate protection strategies. The project involves cooperation with experienced women's organisations in four partner countries to integrate social issues and gender justice into municipal climate programmes. To this end, it builds up knowledge and resources on gender and climate issues in local organisations. In addition to building capacity, it develops a method to assess municipal and national climate policies with regard to gender sensitivity, inclusion, social and environmental impacts. The project is also designing campaigns, information, and training materials to increase the participation of women in 14 pilot cities and to introduce concrete proposals for gender-sensitive strategies into local politics. The project results can also be used after the end of the project through a knowledge platform and an e-learning course.

State of implementation/results

  • A new project tool 'Gender Assessment and Methodology of Adaptation and Mitigation' (GAMMA) was developed and approved.
  • The Satus Quo reports of the six pilot cities were published on the GenderCC website and provide an overview of the socio-economic situation, the impact of climate change and urban climate policy
  • The Deutsche Welle Team Global 3000 portrayed project collaborator Ndivile Mokoena of the South African partner organisation GenderCC Southern Africa and published the recording in 03/2018 in various languages:…
  • An explanatory video on gender and climate change in urban areas, which addresses urban climate protection employees is now available here:…
  • Jointly with the Women and Gender Constituency, GenderCC contributed to a submission to the UNFCCC on how to mainstream gender considerations into adaptation planning and implementation, showcasing the results of GAMMA assessments run at the Lorong Garden in Indonesia.
  • GenderCC was invited to share preliminary results of the GUCCI project at the UNFCCC 2019 Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance, on September 12th and 13th held in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • GenderCC is one of the 12 European NGOs participating in the 2019 edition of the EU-China NGO twinning programme. Isadora Cardoso, project coordinator at GenderCC, contributed to a panel on the commonalities and differences on the work of women and gender NGOs in both China and Europe and presented the GUCCI project to the participants.
  • GenderCC was present at the SB50 in June in Bonn. Ndivile Mokoena, co-focal point of the Women and Gender Constituency, and coordinator of the GUCCI project in South Africa, shared the experience of the project on the side event “Implementing gender-responsive NDCs from the bottom up– India: AIWC Chennai launched a webpage on the project:
  • South Africa 2019: 2 staff members of GenderCC SA were featured amongst the country’s 76 South African voices speaking up for the environment.
  • In 2020, the video "UNFCCC Gender Virtual Market Place" was produced to explain the approach of the project…;v=fVpu3i7GrHU& and the latest newsletter was published…
  • The UNFCCC organised a workshop with GenderCC on "Gender integration into national climate actions - Europe & Central Asia" as part of the Gender Action Plan
  • Further presentations by GenderCC on the project were given at the Gender Week in Vienna, the Asia Seminar "gender and energy in sustainable urban development" and for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Vietnam.
  • In India, an online creativity competition was organised by the AIWC Kolkata team on linking COVID-19 with gender equality and climate change.
  • In Chennai, webinars and online discussion forums, as well as associated social media accounts on Instagram (…), Twitter (…) and Facebook (…), were developed on issues such as women's health and climate change.
  • GenderCC SA participated in the virtual event "Advocacy for Gender Just climate Action" and presented the GUCCI project.
  • On 30/04/2020, the project partners held the virtual presentation of the GUCCI project as part of the exchange of experiences between IKI and Mexican cities.

Project data

India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa

Implementing organisation:
GenderCC - women for climate justice e.V.

Political partner(s):
  • Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) - South Africa
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) - India
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) - Mexico
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy - India
  • State Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) - Indonesia

Implementing partner(s):
  • Aksi! for gender, social and ecological justice - Indonesia
  • All India Women's Conference (AIWC) - India
  • Equidad de Género - Mexiko
  • GenderCC - women for climate justice e.V.
  • GenderCC Southern Africa - South Africa

BMU grant:
2.045.852,32 €

11/2015  till  12/2021


Bringing climate and gender justice together where it makes a difference (PDF, 446 KB)


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