Water for the People: Gender, Human Rights, and Diplomacy

Colorado State University Human rights for water

Target Audience

This course is for anyone interested in learning about human rights, access to water and diplomacy. You don’t need any past experience.


We all need water every day, yet 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. For many, obtaining water for their families is a difficult, time-consuming task, falling heavily on the shoulders of women and girls. There is widespread agreement that people have a basic human right to the water needed to sustain life, yet this right has not been realized for nearly 1 of every 7 people on earth.

On this course you will learn about the issues of gender inequality and human rights in relation to water, and the diplomatic efforts that are helping to improve access to water.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

– Explore how water has been regarded as a human right
– Discuss bilateral and multilateral diplomatic efforts to improve access to water.
– Discuss the impacts of globalization and privatization on access to safe drinking water.
– Describe how the impacts of water scarcity fall disproportionately on the female gender.