Largest all-female expedition braves Antarctica to fight inequality, climate change

Homeward Bound is a groundbreaking leadership, strategic and science initiative for women, set against the backdrop of Antarctica. The initiative, turned global movement, aims to heighten the influence and impact of women with a science background on policy and decision-making as it shapes our planet.

This initiative is in line with the WMO Gender Action Plan's aim to enhance the visibility of female role models in order to motivate youth, especially young girls, to choose careers in science such as meteorology, hydrology and climatology.

Launching in 2016, Homeward Bound has gathered the first 76 of a targeted 1 000 women from around the world, all with critical science backgrounds. They will undertake a year-long state-of-the-art program to develop their leadership and strategic capabilities, using science to build conviction around the importance of their voices. The inaugural program will culminate this month with the largest-ever female expedition to Antarctica, which will focus on the leadership of women and the state of the world.

The 2016 voyage takes place from 2 to 21 December. Applications for the next program, departing in 2018, will open 17 January 2017. There are already hundreds of women wait-listed for the second program.

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