On 20 September 2017, GenderCC’s affiliate in India, the All Indian Women’s Conference (AIWC) worked with the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Combatting Climate Change to organize a stakeholder workshop on gender and climate change in New Delhi, India. The topic of the workshop was the project Gender Into Urban Climate Change Policy, or GUCCI, and why and how Gender and Climate Change are related.
The event brought together a wide variety of speakers, who were able to give captivating lectures, panels, and Q&A sessions to help teach the public about their roles and responsibilities in the issue of climate change.
Objectives of the workshop were to sensitize policy makers and agency affiliates to the connections between gender and climate change, to stress the cooperative benefit of linking gender and climate issues, to ensure that gender is included in future Delhi climate policies, and to build capacity of participants in terms of working with gender justice, climate justice, and their intersections.
The workshop targeted certain participant groups, in order to ensure that these objectives were accomplished. These groups were current policy makers from Government Authorities in Delhi, employees of major Delhi NGOs working on climate issues, as well as academics and government-run school teachers. By educating these important stakeholders, organizers of the workshop hoped to have the most impact in accomplishing their objectives.
The event concluded by producing several recommendations for future policy makers with regard to gender and climate change. These included implementing gender-specific policies, which acknowledge the role of women in the home, a basic frontier for environmental policy, as well as educating women and girls from a young age on the issue of climate change and their role in it.