Although, climate change issues have gained momentum in South Africa, gender is still overlooked in the climate change policies.
The Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative (GUCCI) project is the brainchild of Gender CC – Women for Climate Justice, Berlin. Funded by the German International Climate Initiative of the German Ministry for Environment and implemented by All India Women’s Conference – AIWC in India, AKSI! For Gender, Social and Ecological Justice & Solidaritas Perempuan Indonesia, Equidad de Genero in Mexico, and GenderCC SA – Women for Climate Justice in South Africa.
COP 27 which was dubbed as an African COP because it was held on the African soil happened at a time when inequality in South Africa and the entire world was and is still worsening; costs of living are going up tremendously; and unemployment skyrocketing especially among the youth in South Africa, amid a crippling energy crisis and a life-threatening heat wave which has claimed the lives of Seven Farm Workers in the Kakamas in the Northern Cape in South Africa.
The Flanders Southern Africa – supported resilience building and vulnerability reduction project implemented by GenderCCSA for smallholder farmers in Hebron, Northwest Province and Vhembe, Limpopo Province was able to train farmers on how to dry their produce with solar dryers in collaboration with Food Masters SA.
Climate change is one of the most important societal issues currently facing the world. Recent weather events across South Africa have sparked popular interest in understanding the role of global warming in driving extreme weather.