It is estimated that 614.8 million living in Asia lack of access to cooling for basic needs- with impacts for their health, nutrition, and livelihoods. With many countries experiencing higher temperatures due to climate change, access to cooling, access to energy, and gender equality are closely intertwined. For women, who already experience energy poverty, lack of energy access for cooling will pose risks to their health and productivity. The sector also has the potential to increase the number of green jobs for women at all levels- from women leading cooling businesses, engineers, and technicians. This session will present how heat stress is impacting women’s lives and the gender related factors in relation to access to cooling. Panelists will discuss the benefits of incorporating a gender analysis in developing cooling solutions designed to meet women’s specific needs. Interventions that can scale sustainable cooling while also closing the access gap for women are needed. Discussions will range from presenting data on why women need different cooling solutions, to presenting examples from organizations working with women in informal housing to retrofit their homes. The speakers will also present ideas where further data, research and innovation is needed to achieve sustainable cooling for all.


  • To increase understanding of gender differentiated needs for cooling
  • To provide examples of country level experiences on the gender and cooling nexus
  • To identify gaps and future directions for working on the intersection between gender and cooling


Time (Manila) Activities
10:30 - 10:32 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • Samantha Hung, Chief of Gender Equality Thematic Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
10:32 - 10:36 a.m. Introduction to the session and speakers

  • Zonibel Woods, Senior Social Development Specialist, ADB
10:36 - 10:56 a.m. Cooling for All- Why Cooling is an Equity Issue.

  • Rosa Garcia, Energy Efficiency and Cooling Specialist with SEforALL
  • Lily Riahi, Coordinator the Cool Coalition
10:56 - 11:18 a.m. Cooling for Women- Why Cooling is a Gender Issue.

  • Huraera Jabeen, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, BRAC University in Bangladesh
  • Eric Roeder, ILO
11:18 - 11:50 a.m. Cooling Solutions- Community Driven Passive Cooling.

  • Xiaoyi Jin, Senior Associate, ClimateWorks Foundation and Head of Access for the Clean Cooling Collaborative (CCC).
  • Beta Paramita, Assistant Professor, Architecture Program, Universitas Penddikan Indonesia (UPI)
  • Hassan ul Banna Khan & Vinita Rodrigues, (C-balance India)
11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Q&A from audience Session wrap up

  • Zonibel Woods, Senior Social Development, ADB

Point of Contact

Zonibel Woods
Ma Celia Guzon

Asian Development Bank