Gender equality is central and critical to economic and human development, as is the conservancy and management of water. Bringing the two together is therefore vital for our shared goal of a better world. The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) launched the Space4Water Portal to serve as a platform for interdisciplinary knowledge exchange on space technologies and water-related topics. Space, Women and Water shows how new women leadership can be promoted by using space technologies, such as global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and Earth Observation Satellite data, combined with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles UAVs and geographic information systems (GIS) to contribute to achieving water security around the world.
The Space4Water Portal brings together professionals and organisations active in the field to share information on projects, initiatives, satellite missions, software, community portals, capacity building and training material, conferences, workshops, as well as news and publications.
UNOOSA features and interviews professionals, many of which are female, to showcase their contributions to the space and water sector, to allow readers to get an idea of what meaning their professional career has. Distinguished researchers and other professionals such as CEOs or directors of organizations, as well as people in high management positions, pioneers of space technology or water resource management, some of them in developing countries and rural areas, role models and experts will be featured and introduced by means of a photo, a biography, voluntarily shared contact details and optionally an interview. Furthermore, researchers are invited to share their relevant publications.
The role of women in contributing to water security by researching space technologies, working on water management issues or engaging in science diplomacy cannot be emphasized enough, as women and girls have always been playing a vital role in the conservancy and management of water, which is why benefits hereof will also be seen in SDG 5 – Gender equality.
Meet the professional women UNOOSA reached out to HERE.