The International RiverFoundation in Antarctica

The International RiverFoundation in Antarctica

In a bold bid to tackle the global shortage of women leaders in STEMM, Charity Mundava, an International River Foundation Vera Thiess fellow is taking her commitment to leadership to the end of the earth after being chosen as a Homeward Bound participant.

Homeward Bound is a global 12-month leadership initiative for women with a background in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). It aims to equip a 1000-strong collaboration of women who are in leadership roles or aspire to leadership, to increase the visibility of women in both academia and industry.

Research repeatedly shows that while women demonstrate great integrity and a legacy mindset when it comes to leadership, decision-making and the creation of collaborative and effective teams, they are overwhelmingly under-represented in the traditionally male-dominated professions.

This 12-month program includes online learning to increase leadership capacity, strategic capability and collaboration, and culminates in a meeting of all 100 participants in Ushuaia, Argentina before embarking on a life-changing expedition to one of the most ecologically sensitive and inspiring areas on Earth, Antarctica, at the end of 2019.

The Homeward Bound selectors noted that Charity’s passion in building resilient river basin communities and her potential to lead and enact change made her a natural choice for the highly sought-after leadership program.

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