Female leadership for a green future

80 women are embarking on an Antarctic expedition aiming to increase the influence and impact of women in climate policy. The Australian project is called "Homeward Bound" and Belgian scientist Stephanie Langerock is on board.

Marjan Justaert
Marjan Justaert De Standaard, Belgium
Source: De Standaard
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Why this story matters:

Can women be the driving force behind environmental change? Absolutely, says Belgian scientist Stephanie Langerock, who believes that more female leaders in climate policy will positively impact the battle for a sustainable future. 

The "Homeward Bound" project is the largest ever female expedition to Antarctica.

On board, the team is meant to develop leadership and strategic skills, a sound understanding of climate science, and a strong, purposefully developed network.

Ashton Gainsford, a marine scientist who participated in the 2016 edition of the project, believes the experience was life-changing for her: "We’re all connected through this one goal -- to raise the profile of climate science and empower women along the way to be leaders and stay in science." 

Homeward Bound: activism, empowerment and probably and a market niche

  • Fabian Dattner, an Australian leadership activist and consultant, and Antarctic marine scientist Jess Melbourne Thomas came up with the idea of "Homeward Bound". In 2015, the project went viral and the first leadership program and Antarctic voyage took place in 2016.
  • Women can drive the change for a sustainable future for many reasons, not least because in many countries women are the ones who are responsible for providing food.
  • "Organizations who have both male and female leaders are more efficient", Belgian participant Stephanie Langerock says.
  • And last but not least, participants hope to be inspired by the ocean and the beauty of nature. Belgian participant Stephanie Langerock looks forward to see some whales too...

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