I'm headed to Antarctica - with your help
I am thrilled and excited to share that I've been selected to take my place in the Homeward Bound Program this year, one of only two Caribbean women ever accepted. This is a year-long leadership program that culminates in a voyage to Antarctica at the end of 2020. I plan to travel there with 80 women working in the field of STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math & medicine) who are dedicated to making positive changes in the world. The Homeward Bound program is working to build a network of 1,000 women in STEMM over ten years and I am fundraising to be a part of the 5th cohort of women who will participate in this unique program.
But I need your help to get there!
Climate Change and the Caribbean
It is now widely acknowledged that small island developing states like Jamaica, low-income communities, and minority or vulnerable groups experience disproportionate impacts from climate change relative to their contribution to carbon emissions. Arguably less acknowledged is the suggestion that women and minority groups have less influence over the decision-making for mitigating and adapting to climate change at local, national and international levels. The participation of women, particularly Caribbean women and women of colour, is incredibly important as it represents an opportunity for carving out more space on the global stage for us and those with our shared experiences to discuss and bring real and lasting solutions to the pressing issues that face us.
Why this is important to me!
I’m representing Jamaica, the Caribbean, women, minorities and so many other things that the world has used to define me and people like me, and my capabilities as a person, a professional and a leader. I think my participation represents a chance to re-examine what makes an effective leader and what qualities they should possess, and to further encourage diversity in leadership. I strongly believe that addressing climate change, and other sustainability challenges, through an intersectional lens (aspects of culture, gender, race, class, sexuality, disability, etc, that create unique modes of discrimination) is an opportunity to create collaboration and agency that cross and transcend social categories. I think it’s possible that seeing the Jamaican flag waving from a ship with Antarctica as the backdrop might inspire even one young girl to pursue STEMM, but definitely, and perhaps more importantly, the programme will equip me with the tools to lead in the development and enhancement of STEMM initiatives for the region that will foster the participation of many more girls and women in the field.
How you're helping me
- The total cost of the yearlong leadership program, including the 21-day expedition to Antarctica is approximately $29,000 USD per participant. About 50% is covered by four main sponsors - Acciona, Kathmandu, Dattner Grant, Human Synergistics;
- This means individual participants are responsible for $17,000 USD plus travel and insurance costs to and from Ushuaia, Argentina;
- My first goal is to fundraise $12,000 by the end of May 2020. I'll also be running other campaigns throughout the year to reach the total target amount and letting you know how I do along the way!
- If I surpass my goal, I will donate all the rest to the HB scholarship fund for women from other developing countries.
Perks, Perks, Perks!
There are some amazing rewards to thank everyone who donates, whatever the amount you might give. Check them out! If you are viewing this site on a mobile device, you will be able to see the rewards once you select 'Sponsor.'
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