This Space4Women and Space4Water feature aims to present unique and distinguished women contributing to a water secure world by researching space technologies, working on water management issues, engaging in science diplomacy, or allowing girls and young women to study and pursue a career in STEM fields.
By achieving water security, benefits will also be seen in SDG 5 – Gender equality, because of the pivotal role women and girls play in collecting and conserving water. They bear the responsibilities to collect water in many areas of the world where homes without water at premise are not an exception. It must be an aim of the global community to reduce the 200 million hours women spend annually to collect water. This will as well directly benefit health and poverty reduction.
“At the local level, gender-sensitive approaches are helping to improve the suitability, sustainability and reach of water and sanitation services by both focusing on and involving women in the facilities’ design, implementation and management. Embedding gender equity into policy at all levels will be crucial to achieving water and sanitation for all, which in turn will help advance many other parts of the SDG agenda, particularly education and work” (UN-Water, 2020).
UNOOSA has interviewed inspiring women, professionals and role models dedicating their career to the benefits of space and water resource management. Learn more about the meaning of their career in the space and water sector. Meet the professional women UNOOSA reached out to below and get to know them better by reading the interviews linked on their profile page.
PhD Student at Washington State University and Intern at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
UNOOSAs Space4Women project aims at empowering women around the world and facilitates their access to the benefits of space exploration, science and technology. Moreover, the Space4Women Network brings together female role models and mentors to inspire, guide, encourage, and support women and girls in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers in the space sector.
Visit the website to learn more about the project here.