Involving women in innovation and technology is not only important for achieving gender equality but also for promoting diversity, advancing human rights, and driving economic growth.
International Women’s Day 2023 (IWD 2023) is centered around the theme of “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality,” which aligns with the priority theme for the 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW-67) – “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.” This theme highlights the need to bridge the gender gap in employment, income, and opportunities in innovation and technology. Women bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the digital and tech world that drive economic growth, leading to creative and inclusive solutions.
One area where involving women in innovation and technology is particularly crucial is improving water security in Kenya. Here are some reasons why:
- Women are the primary water managers: In Kenya, women are responsible for collecting and managing water for their households, farms, and communities. Engaging women in the development of water security solutions ensure their needs and perspectives are incorporated into the design of water management systems.
- Promoting Gender Equality: Involving women in innovation and technology can help break down gender stereotypes and promote women’s leadership in water management, providing them with opportunities to participate in decision-making processes and access new skills and knowledge.
- Sustainable Solutions: Women prioritize sustainable water management practices that are essential for long-term water security. By involving women in the development of innovative water management solutions, more sustainable and resilient water systems can be created.
- Economic Empowerment: Improving water security can have significant economic benefits, particularly for women who are often involved in small-scale agriculture and other water-dependent livelihoods. By engaging women in the development of innovative water management solutions, we can help promote their economic empowerment and improve their livelihoods.
Overall, involving women in innovation and technology to improve water security in Kenya is critical for achieving gender equality. It promotes women’s leadership in water management, creates more sustainable and resilient water systems, and provides economic opportunities for women. The increased interest and adoption of Mobi-Water solutions for businesses and homes by women in Kenya demonstrates the potential for progress. Addressing water security challenges in Kenya requires collective effort to create a more equitable and sustainable future for all.