Gender mainstreaming would feature as a key component of the Framework Agreement by clearly defining the aspirations, wishes, and needs of women and men on an equal basis in all project activities. A gender-sensitive approach will be adopted and the areas will mainstream this approach in terms of team composition, language used, project work, impact, and deliverables. The Programme team will involve both women and men researchers and the team for each of the activities will have a good gender balance and also comprise young, middle level, and senior researchers, representative of the workforce of TERI. Gender-aware stakeholders and gender-specific target groups and beneficiaries will be identified in all the project activities as considered appropriate.
The overall Framework Programme has a strong focus on addressing inequities in terms of access to energy. Appropriate policy and technology solutions at decentralized levels are central to the proposed research and provision of clean energy can only help the lot of marginal groups (including, but not necessarily only women) in India, as in other developing countries. Further, the focus on climate change impacts and research at reducing climate vulnerability is expected to indirectly provide safety nets for marginal groups, women, and children in areas that may be impacted. Accordingly, the gender aspect is expected to be mainstreamed across several of the proposed activities.