Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative

Project summary

The “Gender Into Urban Climate Change Initiative” explores options for integrating gender and social aspects into climate policies in several pilot cities.

It seeks to build capacity at local level and develop gender-responsive policy recommendations with the aim of strengthening citizens’ ability to become involved in urban planning processes and implementation, and to enhance the effectiveness, inclusiveness and acceptance of local mitigation and adaptation policies.

The project was launched in 2015 and is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

GUCCI video

The team of the GUCCI project has produced a short explanatory video to give an introduction to the linkages between climate change and gender in the specific context of urban areas. Find out more why adressing gender aspects in urban planning is crucial to enhance cities' resilience to the impacts of climate change.


  • GUCCI project status quo reports available (see below)
  • The project team met for the third international project meeting from 31 January to 2 February 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa (see article below)
  • The project partners of the Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative were represented at COP23 and have implemented several activities, organised side-events and other briefings for participants which contributed to the dissemination of the preliminary results and tools of the project.
  • AIWC has organised successful stakeholder workshops for the GUCCI Project in New Delhi and Mumbai. Organized with organizations such as the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Combating Climate Change (MGICCC,) these workshops brought together local citizens, policy makers, and other influential stakeholders to discuss the intersecting issues of gender and climate change as well as our part in them. The workshops were designed to be educational as well as empowering for participants. A special focus was given to the city's waste management as it is significantly contributing to Delhi's greenhouse gas emissions. A conflict appears when it is seen as women's responsibility to separate waste which is later mixed up by dustmen who are picking up the garbage. It was also recognised that climate change includes diverse gender entry points in many sectors and that firstly knowledge and sensitisation about the topic will be necessary. Further cooperation between the city officials, development and environmental NGOs and AIWC are planned. Read more about the workshops in New Delhi here and Mumbai here.
  • On 8 September, Gotelind Alber presented our Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative at the Potsdam Summer School co-organised by the City of Potsdam and a number of research institutes located in the city. The research group attending the summer school discussed the gender dimensions of urban planning and climate policies. This year's summer school focused on the topic how transdisciplinary knowledge can support governance processes in the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • From June through August 2017, GenderCC’s office in South Africa held five workshops in the cities of Tshwane and Johannesburg to discuss climate change and climate solutions with stakeholders. Convening in groups of 25-150 community members, these stakeholders discussed their understanding of climate change and climate solutions, and then GenderCC worked to improve their knowledge and educate these women and citizens with regards to what they can personally do for climate change. Read more here...
  • After finalising the interviews as part of the Gender assessment and Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaptation methodology (GAMMA) all project partners were working on analysing and summarising the results in a report. In addition, we are working on comparing the climate policies of the pilot cities with our urban gender-just climate policy portfolio in order to prepare recommendations. Read more about the GAMMA methodology below.

GUCCI project status quo reports available

The very first step before applying the 'Gender Assessment & Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaptation' (GAMMA) methodology to examine local adaptation and mitigation policies for their gender responsiveness was to prepare the status quo reports for all the pilot’ cities. These status quo reports compromised of various sections.

Sections I and II give an overview on the Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative (GUCCI) & the planned assessment and monitoring of mitigation and adaptation policies, and includes the general information (e.g. geographical location, magnitude and population) about the cities along with impact of socioeconomic factors. Section III discusses the nature and extent of climate hazards affecting these cities. Section IV provides information on the city’s response to climate change, covering national frameworks, city-level commitments, strategies in various sectors along with their implementation. Section V reviews the relevant policy frameworks in detail with respect to gender. The next section of the report is also based on the knowledge gap and challenges. The last section includes the preliminary conclusion on the current situation of the respective city.

The objective behind the structuring of status quo report was to carry out an analysis (of data) of all the cities on a same degree to ensure the successful preparation and implementation of the GAMMA-methodology. The status quo reports provide a baseline of available policies and institutions and instruments against which legislative changes will be able to be compared (at the end of the project).

Also the status quo reports support the partners’ peer learning and their exchange of knowledge about all the pilot cities among project partner countries.

The status quo reports can be found here for reading:

Status quo report Mumbai, India

Status quo report New Delhi, India
Status quo report Johannesburg and Tshwane, South Africa

International GUCCI project meeting, Johannesburg - South Africa

Between the January 31 and February 02, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative (GUCCI) project teams met their partners. The agenda of the meeting was to acquire and exchange project research findings that were used to develop recommendations for local policy-makers and to discuss the campaigns and pilot projects to be conducted in pilot cities.

GenderCC's Linda Ederberg and Patricia Bohland opened the meeting by welcoming participants and by thanking the host, GenderCC South Africa for their hard work. Partners shared their expectations for the following three days of meeting and reported on the status of implementation in their countries/pilot cities.

Patricia presented the revised GUCCI project plan and its anticipated extension. The discussion aimed at the activities that should be implemented by the partners in the coming year, especially for upcoming pilot projects and campaigns

The peer review and discussion of the draft Gender Assessment Reports (GARs) was set up by making two groups, each counting in at least one representative from each city, resulting in productive feedback with recommendations for improvements.

Patricia presented the existing tools for the second step of GAMMA. A discussion followed which template should be chosen and for what reason. Partners of GUCCI projects presented their progress on GAMMAII and first results on gender gaps and priority sectors.

Linda presented the progress on the explanatory video"Gender and climate change" and partners provided input to the draft text and storyboard.

February 01, 2018 Day 2 begun with Mr. Stefen Mühl introducing himself as a film-maker for Deutsche Welle which is featuring GUCCI project and GenderCC Southern Africa in a programme called "Global Ideas".

Linda presented then a set of indicators and questions for the simplified Gender Impact Assessment, called GAMMA-III, the third step of the Gender Assessment to be done by all partners. Participants discussed the categories and suggested questions in groups and modified them as they felt necessary.

The project partners Sheela Kakde and Rekha Sali from AIWC, India introduced their status of implementation of the Gender Assessment step 1 in Mumbai.

The last agenda item "review of past stakeholder and national capacity building workshops" was decided to be dealt with on trilateral calls with GenderCC and two partners. Partners took enough time to share ideas for pilot projects and campaigns. Concepts like urban gardening and food box systems were introduced by Dorah from GenderCC South Africa. AIWC introduced their project idea on reducing air pollution caused by waste burning. Aksi will emphasise on urban coastal communities in their project.

The meeting was accomplished and closed by sharing feedback and summarizing the previous days. Two field trips were carried out on the last day, February 02, 2018 of the visit. These field trips were carried out on to the sites where gender-just climate projects are implemented. The first visit was about a greenhouse project where our project partner from South Africa has been regularly cooperating with volunteers. Together they have trained a group of female volunteers how to build and maintain a bio digester. This has helped women in earning additional income and in strengthening resilience, capacities in Johannesburg and to cut GHG emissions.

The second visited site was at an elementary school in Soweto, Johannesburg, who has put so much efforts and heart into making the daily school life as sustainable and climate-friendly as possible. The school has solar panels on the roof which were installed by women of the neighbouring communities who were at the same time trained in installing and maintaining solar panels.

The solar energy has decreased the electricity bill of the school which allows them to invest more in the education of their pupils. Furthermore, water harvesting helps to save water at the school. The lunches are made from veggies of the school garden and are cooked with gas from the own bio digester which is also fed by the school children's families' waste.


Learn more about the 'Gender Assessment and Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaptation' (GAMMA) methodology

The project partnership has developed and is currently applying the 'Gender Assessment & Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaptation' (GAMMA) methodology in order to examine local adaptation and mitigation policies for their gender responsiveness, seeking to identify possible gender entry-points and to develop recommendations for interventions needed to address gender gaps in planning procedures, priorities, policies and measures. The assessment involves several steps, covering institutional setting and procedures, the complete range of a city’s climate policies and an in-depth analysis of the gender impacts of selected measures. The results of the assessment can be used to work with citizens and local policy-makers and encourage efforts to achieve a transformation towards a low-carbon, low-risk, climate-resilient, equitable, gender-just and inclusive city. In the course of the project, the partners will furthermore develop policy recommendations based on the results of GAMMA and implement concrete gender-responsive campaigns and projects in the pilot cities. A toolbox on how to apply GAMMA will be available soon.

For further information please contact the Secretariat’s team.


Why Gender and Climate Change?

Just as the linkages between climate change and gender are receiving a growing amount of attention, the specific challenges that cities face in light of climate change are also increasingly recognised. Yet, climate change, gender and cities are rarely addressed together, despite the clear potential for tackling inequality and climate issues with well-designed urban policies.

Together with UN Habitat and the GIZ (German Development Agency), GenderCC recently published one of the most comprehensive publications addressing this interface, which can be downloaded here.

Building upon this initial research, GenderCC launched a new project in collaboration with several partner organisations which will run from 2015-2018. The results of the "Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative" will be featured on this page. 


Meet the project team

AIWC - all India Women's Conference, India - AIWC is a 100-year old national women’s volunteer organisation with more than 600 local and regional groups that are implementing a wide range of projects and programmes targeting at the empowerment of women. For more than 20 years, AIWC has been promoting solar energy for household devices and has have activities combining renewable energies with poverty alleviation and trained women in maintenance of solar technologies and waste management. All India Women’s Conference is implementing the project in the mega cities New Delhi and Mumbai. Both the cities have growing populations and are currently facing challenges related to pollution, transport, water and other basic essential services. The coastal region of Mumbai also often bears the brunt of heavy unseasonal rain and floods.

For more information please visit their website or contact the project coordinator: Kalyani Raj (raj.kalyani(at) or secretarygeneral(at) - Kalyani is an ex-banker by profession, she has working experience of nearly 20 years in corporate sector in India and abroad. She has been involved with All India Women's Conference since last 20 years as a volunteer and has successfully executed several projects relating to socio-economic empowerment of women. For the past five years Kalyani has been working on sustainable development and climate change issues at the national as well as global level. She is the co-focal point of the WGC of UNFCCC and has taken over as national level Secretary General of AIWC in February'17.

Aksi! and Solidaritas Perempuan, Indonesia - Aksi! for gender, social and ecological justice and Solidaritas Perempuan (SP) have extensive experience in political activities related to climate and environmental politics. Aksi! has particular knowledge in the area of climate finance at national and international level as well as in the monitoring of polities. SP is based on many local volunteer groups that are working for gender justice and global economic justice. SP and Aksi! are conducting activities in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia and Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi province. Both coastal cities are prone to impacts of climate change like sea level rise and flood; meanwhile the cities are struggling with urban issues like poverty, slums, transport and basic essential services.

For more information please visit their website or contact the project coordinators: for Aksi!: Titi Soentoro (titi.soentoro(at) - Titi is the Executive Director of Aksi!  for gender, social and ecological justice. Her main focus is on mainstreaming  women’s rights and gender consideration into policies and projects related to safeguards, information disclosure, participation, and accountability mechanism of the international financial institutions, climate change financing to Indonesia and Green Climate Fund (GCF). For Solidaritas Perempuan: Puspa Dewy (pdewy(at) - Puspa is the Chair of Solidaritas Perempuan's (Women's Solidarity for Human Rights) National Executive Board (2015 - present). She advocates women's rights and other marginalized groups. Since 2007, she has also been actively advocating gender justice perspectives into the climate change policies and actions at local, national and international level.

Gender CC - Southern Africa, South Africa - GenderCC Southern Africa (GenderCCSA) is based in Johannesburg and has gained experiences with climate politics on local, national as well as international level for more than four years. GenderCCSA is cooperating with local organisations such as the GreenHouse Project and the Women, Energy and Climate Change Forum. This way the team in South Africa can benefit from knowledge in various fields like sustainable development education, renewable energies, rain water harvesting, urban agriculture and many more. Their political work contains many activities from trainings for women, political campaigns, to participating in political consultation processes. GenderCCSA will be working in the two cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane, where climate change and rapid population growth due to migration have given rise to additional infrastructure requirements in the areas of water, sewage, solid waste, electricity and transport.

For more information please visit their website or contact the project leader and coordinator: Dorah Marema (dorah(at) - Dorah has worked with a wide range of NGOs and in different sectors both rural and urban settings since 1997.  She has been involved in issues of sustainability since 2000 and she worked with a wide range of multi-stakeholder participatory initiatives involving communities, NGOs, government and other institutions in various sectors including small-scale agriculture, environment, climate change, renewable energy, gender and land-rights at local, national and international levels. She is currently the Director of GenderCC Southern Africa-Women for Climate Justice which she founded in 2008 and of Seed Community - an organisation which empowers young women and girls through acess to higher education and founding trustee on the Schauenburg Education Trust as well as the Chairwoman and trustee on the RSM Education Trust. Or contact Ndivile Mokoena (ndivile(at) - Ndivile is coordinating Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative (GUCCI). She represents GenderCC SA in various advocacy outreach programmes from local to international level including the Green Climate Fund conferences and UNFCCC and to the national government collaborations. She has worked with various organisations especially women organisations from community level, local, provincial and national governments, other civil society organisations and faith based organisations on environmental, social, gender and economic justice issues including land reform and good governance issues.


GUCCI Previous Activities

Watch the pictures of previous GUCCI activities in Indonesia, India, South Africa and during COPs. Find more photos here.

Project team at GUCCI International Project Meeting, (c) GenderCC


International Climate Initiative (IKI)

Since 2008, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries, as well as in countries in transition. Based on a decision taken by the German parliament (Bundestag), a sum of at least 120 million euros is available for use by the initiative annually. For the first few years the IKI was financed through the auctioning of emission allowances, but it is now funded from the budget of the BMUB. The IKI is a key element of Germany’s climate financing and the funding commitments in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Initiative places clear emphasis on climate change mitigation, adaption to the impacts of climate change and the protection of biological diversity. These efforts provide various co-benefits, particularly the improvement of living conditions in partner countries.

The IKI focuses on four areas: mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to the impacts of climate change, conserving natural carbon sinks with a focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), as well as conserving biological diversity.

New projects are primarily selected through a two-stage procedure that takes place once a year. Priority is given to activities that support creating an international climate protection architecture, to transparency, and to innovative and transferable solutions that have an impact beyond the individual project. The IKI cooperates closely with partner countries and supports consensus building for a comprehensive international climate agreement and the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Moreover, it is the goal of the IKI to create as many synergies as possible between climate protection and biodiversity conservation.