Homeward Bound#4: Yona goes to Antarctica

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I am part of the Homeward Bound #4 team!

Homeward Bound
is a groundbreaking 10-year global leadership initiative for women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine) built on leadership, strategic capabilities, visibility, and science communication and science in relation to protecting the planet for future generations.

The vision is to equip a 1000-strong global collaboration of women with a STEMM background to lead, influence and contribute to policy and decision-making as it informs the future of our planet. The project runs for 10 years, and each year a cohort of approximately 100 women undertakes the 12-month leadership training.

Why do we need more women in leadership roles? Women make up approximately 50% of the workforce, but hold only around 20% of leadership roles. Recent data show that out of 234 companies that own almost 2,000 of the world's most recognized consumer brands, only 14 of the companies have a female CEO. Research also suggests that a group works most productively if it is a balanced mix of male and female members. There are many different strategies to tackle the present imbalance. Homeward Bound Projects supports women in improving confidence, shared vision and strategic capability to enhance their chances of taking up leadership roles.

What does the program look like? Over 11 months, every participant receives leadership training,  most of it delivered remotely. Participants meet in small groups to network and collaborate. In November 2019, the entire cohort of 100 women will go to Antarctica for a three-week long intensive workshop on board a ship.

Why Antarctica?
Homeward Bound is about the global impact of gender imbalance, and about the global impact of climate change. The remoteness of Antarctica enforces a temporary disconnect from the participants' regular lives and networks – something that is rare and difficult for women to achieve. To fully immerse in this highly introspective, challenging program, this is an absolute core part. Additionally, the Antarctic Peninsula has experienced some of the greatest warming on Earth, and given that Antarctica holds around 90% of Earth’s fresh water as ice, Antarctica is central to understanding the global impacts of climate change. The trip therefore includes visits to research stations, that study the effects of climate change.

Who am I?
I am a geologist by training, specialising in isotope geochemistry. I work at one of the big universities in Australia. I am an advocate for gender equity and diversity. I believe in the power of rolemodels. My vision after completing this program, is to become exactly that: a rolemodel for young researchers, for girls and boys.
I believe in the ideas of HBP. I want to be a future leader, I want to be able to inspire young people, I want to get the message out to girls and young women, that they can achieve a career in STEMM (or any other discipline), I want to inspire passion in coming generations about a sustainable future of our planet. This includes enhancing women's success in STEMM and leadership roles, but also protecting the only planet we have.

Why do I ask YOU to support this?
Hopefully I have convinced you (if you didn't already know) that a sustainable future is in all of our interest. A sustainable society with gender balanced decision making, and a sustainable Earth, we and future generations can call home.
Half the cost for training and the journey to the cold end of the world, is covered by Homeward Bound and their main sponsors, like Kathmandu,  because I was selected for this program. The other half, every participant needs to fundraise. In total this comes to 17.000 USD for training, coaching sessions, and other costs, plus flights to Argentina (where we will board the ship). Crowd-funding is only one of the strategies I'm following; I'd like to raise 12.000AUD (9000USD) by February to pay the second instalment.

So, will you help me making a difference?

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