Culturally, I have witnessed and lived the big Middle Eastern shift in women’s empowerment.

Being a mother of two boys aged 3 and 5, my greatest battle in life is to ensure that their future is safe and sustainable for generations to come. I have now this undisputable, evident need to contribute to the world I live in, to give back to the society I originate from. Being at crossroads of civilisations and cultures, I believe I have the power and possibility to be a part of this change. I travel the world alone with my children and expose them to life’s challenges and the world’s beauty to ensure they embrace this battle from now.

When I first heard Robert Swan’s speech, there was no doubt I was going to embark on the next ‘International Antarctica Expedition’. In a heartbeat, I knew this was “it”, this was the catalyst that would bring all the pieces together and transmit the impulse, network and knowledge to truly make sense by contributing and spreading the ‘2041’ message of hope and change.

There is an undisputable, evident need for people who want to engage and give back. Many initiatives are stemming out from across the Middle East, and as a result the environmental awareness and the need to offset past practices while preparing for a cleaner future is an undeniable reality. On another aspect, the Middle East is on the brink of transformation especially on the women’s front. Women from this region are finally showing that they are also capable of achieving leadership and driving change.

Upon my return, my actions will be geared towards:

  • Spreading the knowledge gained from professional experts about climate change and the environmental issues we are facing
  • Helping to protect and contribute to a better and cleaner world for our children and the generations to come
  • Advocating the ‘2041’ mission to make a difference in the world we live in, starting from the Middle East