Publication - Cooling for All and Gender: Towards Inclusive, Sustainable Cooling Solutions
Just as women and girls face challenges gaining access to education, healthcare and formal employment, their ability to access and benefit from the range of services that cooling provides is also limited. A lack of access to electricity and cooling appliances can impact women differently than men and can exacerbate existing gender inequalities.
This knowledge brief is the first such analysis of the gender-based impacts of a lack of access to cooling.It examines the gender-related challenges that should be considered, analysed and addressed to ensure cooling interventions and finance acknowledge gender-differentiated impacts and adapt to maximize equitable access. This brief offers a series of recommended steps to address these challenges while pursuing universal sustainable cooling and gender equality. Governments, development finance institutions and nongovernmental organizations should raise awareness regarding the gender-based impacts of a lack of access to cooling, bolster policies for protections, drive research to understand gender disparities and increase investments to gender-transformative solutions that also deliver sustainable cooling.