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Empowering Inclusivity: Highlights from COOLTORISE Second Summer Impact Analysis

As the second summer of the COOLTORISE project has ended, we are preparing the final conclusions of the project and the evaluation team is currently analyzing the data gathered from the pre-activity and post-activity questionnaires to assess the impact of the project’s activities.

This summer, COOLTOIRSE achieved the engagement of 2,398 households in the project’s workshops. Additionally, the pilot teams gathered a significant number of questionnaires. Specifically, 1,420 pre-questionnaires and 501 post-questionnaires were gathered.

The project’s demographic reach was vast and varied. The majority of the participants (62.19%) were women, with men comprising 36.91%, and a small portion (0.9%) choosing “Prefer not to say,” “Non-binary,” or “Other.” The Cooltorise project has adopted an inclusive gender approach since the beginning, with one of its main objectives being to foster women’s empowerment to try to revert the feminisation of energy poverty. This high percentage of women highlights the project’s commitment to inclusivity, particularly aiming to engage women in the workshops.

Addressing the disadvantaged position of women in accessing energy was crucial for the project. Factors contributing to these inequalities include lower income for women, biological sensitivity to environmental temperatures, and sociocultural aspects that result in women spending more time at home, increasing their exposure to inadequate indoor temperatures.

For these reasons, it was important for the consortium to attract women and ensure inclusivity. Therefore in the COOLTORISE workshops, some of the practices that used to ensure the engagement of women were the following:

  • Offered flexible scheduling options for the workshops to accommodate the diverse responsibilities that women and mothers may have, such as childcare, household tasks, or work commitments;
  • Provided on-site childcare facilities to offer childcare during the workshops. This aimed to enable mothers to participate without worrying about their children’s care.

In addition to the above, the content of the workshops featured a “woman factor,” focusing on energy-related challenges faced by women and mothers, along with practical solutions and resources tailored to their needs.

Age-wise, the project attracted a broad spectrum of participants, with the largest group being 45-54 years old (27.55%), followed by the age groups of 35-44 years old (23.84%) and 55-65 years old (20.06%).

Overall, the COOLTORISE project’s second summer demonstrated significant engagement and inclusivity, particularly among women. The data collected will now be analyzed to assess the impact of the project.

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