This 31 December, eighty women of 35 different nationalities have embarked on an expedition in the Antarctica, in order to promote awareness of female leadership in global interest matters, such as sustainable development and the fight against climate change.
This expedition has culminated the III edition of the Australian Homeward Bound programme, a global initiative for women in the STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine) field, and seeks to increase awareness of women as world leaders. The programme focuses on promoting the role played by women when solving and taking decisions in global matters, such as climate change and sustainable development actions, through long-term strategies.
The expedition’s participants have celebrated the New Year by crossing the Drake Passage, and will later visit the Argentine Carlini base, Paulet Island, hosting a breeding colony of thousands of Adélie penguins, and the U.S. Palmer Station, amongst others.
The journey will continue until 19 January and has been supported by Christiana Figueres, a well-known leader in the fight against climate change and women’s empowerment.
“We have just used 50% of our human potential, that of men. With the Homeward Bound trip, sponsored by the Spanish firm Acciona, we are moving forward towards using 100% of our human potential in order to obtain better results, creating a better world for our children”, stated the Costa Rican Christiana Figueres, who led negotiations for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Figueres is also coordinating Mission 2020, a global initiative that seeks to ensure that the world bends its curve of greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2020.
Homeward Bound’s goal is to create an international network of 1,000 women committed to fighting against climate change over a ten-year time span, in order to work on joint ventures in various fields.
The reason for culminating the programme with this expedition in the Antarctica, one of the territories most exposed to climate change, is to also increase awareness of environmental issues in order to propose solutions.
You can follow the expedition through this link