Cross-posted from UN Women
On her first trip to the South Pole, she started at Hercules Inlet at the southern end of the Weddell Sea, and arrived in the South Pole in just 50 days, a journey of 1,200 km. She says it is perseverance, patience and stubbornness that made the hazardous, yet dream, trek a reality.
A self-described typical teacher and mother of three in Norway, Liv Arnesen resides in a country well-known for its progressive systems. Norway ranks number one on UNDP’s Human Development Index, which measures health, education and income, as well as holds the top spot for its progress towards Gender Equality. However, a glass ceiling for women still exists, and Liv has been shattering this ceiling for more than 20 years.
She has incorporated environmentalism and education into her latest adventures, and has gathered a team of six women from six different continents to begin an expedition along India’s Ganges River. A woman with a mission, she is using this experience to increase awareness about the Earth’s decreasing supply of fresh water. The expedition group’s goal is to reach 50 million youth with their educational curriculum on the importance of water conservation. Featured in more than 50 international news media outlets, Liv and her expedition partner, Ann Bancroft, have established Bancroft Arnesen Explore, an organization dedicated to motivating people, especially women and girls, to reach for their own dreams. She shares some of these with us. Read More