by Swati Hegde, PhD
April 10, 2020
The wH2O: The Journal of Gender and Water, first published in 2011, was the inspiration of Dakota Dobyns and Caroline D’Angelo, two Masters of Environmental Studies students in the Department of Earth & Environmental Science (EES). Since 2011, a group of faculty and staff has overseen the management of the journal, publishing six volumes with research articles from around the world. As part of the Water Center starting the publication of the seventh volume, the wH2O journal will be enhanced in terms of depth and breadth of content, exposure to increasingly diverse audiences and programming to support the journal and its authors.
For its eighth volume, the wH2O: The Journal of Gender and Water, invites authors to contribute articles that help to address the significant knowledge gap in the nexus between gender and water. Gender becomes a critical issue when there is unequal access to choices and resources. The importance of involving both men and women in water management, sanitation services, and accessibility challenges has been recognized at the global level, even though, in the developing world women most often assume a disproportionate role in water management and are therefore disproportionately disadvantaged in terms of education, health and well being while in the developed world, the water industry may not offer equal opportunities for career placement and or advancement. Understanding gender roles, inequalities and relations can help explain the different options people have and the choices they make as well as illuminate possible solutions to help reduce water-related inequity.
The wH2O: The Journal of Gender and Water invites articles for publication in its 8th volume (March 2021). The deadline for submission is October 15, 2020. We invite authors to write research, review and case studies including but not limited to the following topics:
- Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) interventions
- Role of WASH in healthcare and pandemic response
- Role of women in water management
- Water Infrastructure and the role of gender
- Gender impacts of climate change (e.g., flood, drought, sea-level rise)
- Innovations in policy for increasing gender diversity in the water sector
- Nexus of race, ethnicity, gender, and water
- Agricultural water use and gender impacts (e.g., women in irrigation management)
- Environmental justice, water rights and the value of water
- Gender, water and sustainable development goals
In addition to research, review and case study articles, we also welcome interview-based articles that provide a spotlight to the organizations, NGOs and individuals working to improve water systems that serve all of humanity, whether small or large communities, in the developed or developing world and in all parts of the water system.
Author guidelines and journal policies can be accessed here