A PIARA Waters resident will get to experience Antarctica’s sub-freezing temperatures as part of an academic experience of a lifetime.
Yalimay Jimenez is one of 80 national and international women with a background in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine selected for the third instalment of Homeward Bound, a yearlong program aiming to influence policy and decision making about the planet.
The Curtin University PhD student said women who were inspired, empowered and educated were more likely to make positive impacts on the world.
“It is important to create opportunities and suitable conditions for women to become decision-makers at all levels,” she said.
“Both men and women are part of the solution, working together, but we need to reach parity because we all live in the same planet, and both points of views are vital.”
Ms Jimenez will have some local company, with Curtin University lecturer Lesley Sefcik also selected for the upcoming program.
“As a strong feminist, teacher, mother-of-three and environmental activist, I will be championing the idea that we are all responsible for making decisions toward a more ecologically and equitable future for our planet,” she said.
“We must not wait for current governments and corporations to do this for us, because often these organisations don’t represent the actual needs of the planet and its residents.”
Visit www.homewardboundprojects.com.au for more information.