Simonetta Di Pippo
Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Simonetta Di Pippo

It is disappointing that, in the 21st century, and in fields like the space sector, which is known for breaking boundaries, we are still not making the most of what women have to contribute. We have a lot to do to make "Space for Women", and I am committed to getting it done.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.
  • Advise and encourage delegations to committees to launch or support, as appropriate, measures, decisions and initiatives promoting gender equality across the entire spectrum of their activities in the field of the peaceful exploration and uses of outer space. Make sure that formal statements delivered on behalf of UNOOSA contain a vocal emphasis from a gender perspective, as appropriate.

  • Develop a fully-fledged ‘Space for Women’ project to facilitate the strengthening of the awareness, capacity and skills of individuals and institutions related to the importance of promoting gender equality in the space sector and its fundamental educational fields by 2019. With the following cornerstones: • Facilitating access to the space sector education as well the space sector itself • Provide policy-relevant advice and awareness raising to institutions and governments on ‘Space for Women’ and ‘Women for Space’ • Facilitating capacity-building/training of individuals on access to and use of space-technology • Promote a mentoring platform on ‘Space for Women’ Champions