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Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative
GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice e.V.
In collaboration with All India Women’s Conference (India), Aksi! for gender, social and ecological justice (Indonesia) and GenderCC Southern Africa.
While the gender dimensions of climate change are receiving growing attention, the specific challenges that cities face in light of climate change are also increasingly recognised. As a result, urban areas are seen as a key area of climate action and cities are increasingly considered to be crucial actors for the implementation of climate policy, including within the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Similarly, the gender and climate change nexus has been also recognised, both by the UNFCCC and by a growing number of countries within national climate policies.
Nevertheless, gender issues are rarely considered in urban climate policy, although there is considerable evidence that it is both necessary and strategic for local policy makers to do so. Gender-sensitive urban climate policies can result in enhanced effectiveness, acceptance and a range of co-benefits.
As one of the first organisations to address the gender dimensions of urban climate policy, GenderCC has undertaken initial research and produced several guidebooks on this issue. During these efforts, it became obvious that there is very little practical experience with gender-sensitive urban climate policy available, in particular for mitigation. GenderCC therefore initiated the Gender Into Urban Climate Change Initiative, in collaboration with All India Women’s Conference in India, Aksi! for gender, social and ecological justice in Indonesia, and GenderCC Southern Africa, in an attempt to close this gap and explore options for integrating gender and social issues into urban climate policies in several pilot cities. 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).
Through capacity building and the development of policy recommendations, the project seeks to strengthen citizens’ capacity to intervene in local government planning processes and get involved in implementation, thereby enhancing the sustainability, effectiveness, social and environmental co-benefits, equity, inclusiveness and acceptability of local mitigation and adaptation policies. In a joint working process, the project partners are developing a methodology to assess local policies for their ability to mitigate, and adapt to the impacts of, climate change, and integrate gender aspects. This involves the preparation of training materials, designing and implementing capacity building programmes in each country, and working with local partners to assess the policies of each pilot city.
For each city, the partners will identify key issues and priorities, develop local strategies for communication and advocacy, and a campaign or concrete project will be undertaken. They will then work with citizens and local policy-makers to push for changes in local climate policy, by getting involved in planning processes, offering gender training for climate policy makers, organising stakeholder workshops on urban climate policy and reaching out to media.
In each country, emphasis will be placed on the common challenges faced by cities, and on policies that have the potential to address both climate change and gender equality, such as access to clean and affordable energy and transport services for all, and enhancing resilience, in particular in informal settlements. Action on adaptation will need to respond to the different circumstances of the various cities, which will be reflected in differing priorities, such as flooding in the coastal cities in Indonesia and drought in the inland cities in South Africa.
An essential element of the work process is international collaboration to help develop the skills of the national partners and collaborate on producing generic methodologies, tools and training materials. Assisted by GenderCC, partners will share information through a global learning platform throughout the project and provide peer advice.
The project is thus expected to contribute to the promotion of cross-sectoral, long-term, transitional low-carbon development strategies at local level. Finally, a thorough analysis of the results of the monitoring, achievements, success factors and obstacles and lessons learned will lead to recommendations and further dissemination.
The pilot cities are intended to serve as models for other cities. In order to spread the information, the national partners will work with further local groups and ensure the dissemination of methods, training materials, lessons learned and recommendations, in order to replicate and scale up the programme within their countries or region. Dissemination workshops, videos and an e-learning course will support outreach.
GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice e.V., International Secretariat
Anklamer Str. 38
10115 Berlin, Germany
Gotelind Alber g.alber@gendercc.net
Kate Cahoon, Project Coordinator k.cahoon@gendercc.net
Aksi! for gender, social and ecological justice (to be confirmed)
Titi Soentoro titi.soentoro@gmail.com
All India Women’s Conference (to be confirmed)
Kalyani Raj raj.kalyani@gmail.com
GenderCC Southern Africa
Dorah Marema dorah@gendercc.org.za
Ndivile Mokoema, Project Coordinator ndivile@gendercc.org.za

“Mobilizing Women’s Voices around Food and Climate Justice in South Africa in Limpopo, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. (Supported by UN-Women)

 Smallholder women farmers play an important role in providing food and to overcome hunger and poverty in South Africa. GenderCCSA is implementing this UN-Women Supported Project, with the aim of   enhancing  women farmers, cooperatives and groups to realize their rights to land tenure and climate justice; to ensure that women farmers have access to skills, resources, services, information and technologies for sustainable agricultural and productive activities; to ensure that women farmers are able to participate fully in the agricultural value chains and markets; to ensure that women farmers have access to finance and are able to adapt to climate change. The Project intervention   involves the mobilization, and capacity building and training of 120 women farmers, in Climate Smart Agriculture, Financial Management, and Access to Markets and the Value Chain.  Consultations  and Dialogues with  Smallholder women farmers and Traditional Leaders, and relevant Government Departments  and Funding Organisations will be  utilised to enable the women farmers to realize their rights to land tenure and climate justice; access to skills, resources, services, information and technologies for sustainable agricultural and productive activities; to participate fully in the agricultural value chains and markets; as well as have access to finance and are able to adapt to climate change, land rights and enhancing food security.