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.
GenderCC's project "Gender Into Urban Climate Change Initiative" is currently addressing this interface in a number of pilot cities in Indonesia, India, Mexico and South Africa. The project started in 2015 and will run until 2020.
Against the background of the steady trend towards urbanization and current developments in gender relations in society, the focus of this research project is on their interdependences with and impacts on urban environmental protection. Role-specific behaviors and responsibilities, such as the unequal distribution of care work between the genders, differences in the distribution of incomes, or gender-specific consumption and nutrition practices are decisive here. The purpose of the project is to determine the state of knowledge on gender aspects in the fields of need mobility, consumption (such as clothing), nutrition and housing for urban environmental protection.
The research project aims at supporting the integration of gender dimensions into climate policy, in particular in Germany. It provides a literature review and analyses interdependencies with other social categories, methodological issues and options for shaping climate policy and aims to further develop the tool of gender impact assessment. In particular it examines the added value of a gender perspective for mitigation and adaptation and develops recommendations for taking action.
It is conducted by GenderCC in cooperation with the Wuppertal Institute and the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE) and will run from November 2016 to October 2018.
Intiated by GenderCC and LIFE, this project will promote the integration of gender justice in international climate politics and within the global climate justice movement. Selected activists and gender experts from environmental groups and women’s organisations, primarily from the Global South, will be supported in their attempts to connect local struggles for climate and gender justice with the UNFCCC process, enabling networking with other actors.