Funded by

CERV – Town Twinning

Nicola Catellani
Network Coordinator - SERN
Laura Avanzi
Project Officer - SERN


Promoting European Green Deal among citizens in a gender equality perspective

About the project

Since the 1970s, environmental policies have been central to European policy and politics, with a significant intensification of efforts in the 21st century. Three key milestones guide the path to climate neutrality: the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (2015), the Paris Agreement (2015), and the European Green Deal (2019). Additionally, the EU has prioritized gender equality, evident in the Union of Equality initiative and the European Gender Equality Strategy (2020).

Climate change and environmental policies affect citizens differently based on gender, age, income, education, and ethnicity, with women often being the most vulnerable due to societal inequalities. Despite this, the EU’s climate change policy has largely ignored gender differences until the European Green Deal, which aims to integrate gender equality into climate policies and ensure equal representation in decision-making.

The project operates within this context, emphasizing the crucial role of citizens in achieving environmental goals and promoting gender equality. It aims to facilitate exchanges between people from different countries to broaden perspectives on key EU policies, such as the European Green Deal and the Gender Equality Strategy. Through Town Twinning, the project seeks to enhance citizens’ awareness of EU policies and their impact, fostering a sense of ownership of the European Union and countering euroscepticism. Active citizen involvement is essential for achieving a just transition that leaves no one behind.


The main objective of the project is to enhance the promotion of the European Green Deal from a gender inclusive perspective among citizens.

The specific objectives are the following:

  • To increase knowledge among citizens about the European Green Deal and its initiatives and actions
  • To increase competences on the Gender Equality strategy 2020-2025
  • To reflect gendered differences in environmental behaviours and attitudes
  • To exchange best practices among European partners to create the basis for a long-lasting
    path of collaboration at European level on the topic with networking with local stakeholders and


The project will involve a series of transnational meetings and activities designed to promote the Green Deal Initiatives and the Gender Equality Strategy. These activities will target political representatives, civil servants, and citizens to foster knowledge sharing, skill development, and active participation.

Meeting 1:  November 2024 (Italy)
  • Introduction of EGD and Local Green Deals
  • Introduction and Possible Local Implementation of the Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025:
  • Public Seminar: “Is the EGD Gender Blind?”
  • Workgroups
Meeting 2: May 2025 (Italy)
  • Presentation and Exchange of Best Practices
  • Transnational Group Work for Participative Planning
Meeting 3: October 2025 (Sweden)
  • Identification of Best Practices
  • Continuation of Participative Planning Project

These meetings and activities aim to build strong partnerships, enhance knowledge of EU policies, and support the active involvement of various target groups to achieve a just and inclusive transition towards climate neutrality and gender equality.

Skip to content