Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative (GUCCI)

Bringing climate and gender justice together to make a difference!


Focus on climate change and gender dimensions is addressed at both national and international levels. Awareness and help at the local level, to combat adverse situations and to bring about harmony by proper implementation of policies, has become the need of the hour.

The GUCCI project explores the possibilities to integrate gender issues and social aspects into climate policy frameworks. It aims to strengthen women’s capacity to identify and raise their own concerns, to engage with urban planning processes and to take leadership in climate change mitigation and adaptation activities.


GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice in collaboration with Women’s Indian Association (WIA) and All India Women’s Conference (AIWC) aims to build capacity at local level and develop gender responsive policy recommendations with the aim of strengthening citizen’s ability to become involved in urban planning processes and implementation.


This project on climate change plans to conduct GAMMA (Gender Assessment and Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaptation) methodology. This involves reviewing the local adaptation and mitigation policies. GAMMA methodology together with reviewing options will identify and address gaps in planning process.

  • Conduct stakeholder training programmes/workshops and advocacy forums for knowledge sharing and information on gender into urban climate change.
  • Motivate women as entrepreneurs to establish eco-friendly and sustainable small businesses in their localities
  • Setting up of herbal vegetable gardens for food security, highlighting the use and benefits of reducing waste by waste management measures.

The project was launched in 2015 and will run until 2020 and is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

GUCCI´s project is coordinated by GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice, in a partnership with Equidad de Género (Mexico), All India Women’s Conference (India), GenderCC Southern Africa (South Africa), Aksi! for gender, social & ecological justice and Solidaritas Perempuan (Indonesia).


Project: Building Resilience of women from artisanal fishing communities of Urban Chennai

Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy Women’s Association, Chennai,Report Of Activities From Feb 2020 To June 2020

February 2020

Feb 15th 2020 – awareness programme conducted in connection with SDG-3 – good health and well-being, and SDG 13 – climate action, the topic being ‘menstrual hygiene & benefits of bio-degradable sanitary napkins. The speaker was Ms. Preethi Ramadoss, Research Scholar, Anna University, Chennai. RPMWWA

18th February – Cow dung lamp project. 150 cow dung lamps were made by our members and distributed to the public. Ms. Bhargavi Devendra, Secretary of WIA graced the occasion. Sanju Women’s Welfare Association

April 2020

On WORLD EARTH DAY, drawing competition and essay writing on climate change was organized online for WIA youth members.

June 2020

June 5th WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY : Our members cleaned one area and planted saplings at Velachery, Chennai and also at Doctor’s Quarters in Trichy. Food packets were also given to the conservancy workers.
Training on kitchen garden and terrace garden were also given to the local residential women. Mrs. Kannagi presented a PowerPoint presentation on growing plants, how to prepare manure from kitchen waste to the women residing in Abu Dhabi.
E-Waste Management – our members participated in a Zoom Meeting organized by AIWC on how to dispose E waste without creating any hazard to the nature.


June 2020 – “Time for Nature” by Mrs Kannaki Prabhakaran, Environmentalist, was conducted on 23rd June, 2020. She explained novel methods to maintain the environment such as keep the insects live, reuse hard materials instead of refuse. Indra Nagar Women’s Association

July 2020

July 28th, 2020 – On the eve of ‘World Nature Conservation Day’ (July 28th) , RPMWWA conducted a webinar on ‘Effective ways to manage waste during coronavirus pandemic’ – SDG goal 13 – climate action, through online platform Zoom. The webinar was presented by Dr. Sri Shalini Sathyanarayanan , Scientist, Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Management, Anna University, Chennai.

Local Stakeholder Workshop – October 23rd, 2019, Anna Centenary Library, Chennai

This local workshop was conducted invited government officials, policy makers and other stakeholders working for or within the Water, Coastal/Fisheries and Sanitation departments.


 Stakeholder Workshop Meeting Minutes

 Recommendations of Stakeholder Workshop

WIA Participation in Chennai Climate Strike on Sunday 22nd Sept 2019

WIA participated in the climate rally held recently in Chennai in Besant Nagar Beach. Supporting the primary cause of the rally about the need to protect coastal wetlands, WIA highlighted the need for gender justice for climate justice.


2nd August 2019 – Youth and Climate Change Programme and Competition,Guinness 68 Hall, Anna University

A one-day awareness programme and competition on Climate Change was held at Anna University for students from colleges across the city. The event included talks by climate change experts followed by the competition. 35 students from over 8 leading academic institutions competed to research, discuss and come up with solutions for climate change challenges in the city.


June 2019 – Preliminary consultation with stakeholders meeting, Chennai


May 2019 – Stakeholder Meeting


April 2019 – WIA Representation At The TN State Action Plan on Climate Change


Feb 2019 – Status Quo Report – Chennai Pilot City

State Quo Report – GUCCI_Status Quo Report – PDF

Jan – Feb 2019 – GUCCI Committee Set and Teams


October 2018 – GUCCI Kick- Off Meeting


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