We are in a pivotal period in human history, and the next decade is a critical time period for humanity, our planet, and our future.
On September 25, 2015, at the United Nations General Assembly, world leaders representing 193 nations agreed on working towards achieving 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development over the next 15 years, intended to tackle the greatest challenges we face all over the world: ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all.
Achieving all these goals requires democratizing innovation, and requires empowering the participation of women – half the world’s population – in solving and tackling these challenges.
It’s not enough to have Gender Equality as one of the Global Goals. In order to achieve these 17 Global Goals, we need to unleash the vision, creative ideas, scientific thinking, innovation, entrepreneurial drive, leadership, and problem-solving capabilities of women towards tackling these global challenges, and towards creating the future.
This is the guiding purpose behind the Womensphere GLOBAL ARTFEST, the Womensphere Innovation Leadership Lab (WILL) which pioneers, incubates, and scales STEAM*-powered and innovative approaches of empowering women and girls to create the future, and the Womensphere Incubator Network (WIN), a global initiative of the Womensphere Foundation to accelerate gender parity and inspire, train, and empower 1 million women and girls by 2020 (STEAM* = science, technology, engineering, arts & design, mathematics).
The Womensphere GLOBAL ARTFEST is a global movement and celebration to empower the next generation of women to use art and design to express vision and solutions to humanity's greatest challenges and to help achieve Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
There were two inspirations behind the Womensphere GLOBAL ARTFEST:
The NASA International Space Apps Challenge, now on its fifth year, which has harnessed the power of coders around the world to create innovative solutions to challenges posed by NASA, from space applications to those for climate change.
The overall open source movement and crowd-sourcing movement, which has harnessed the minds and talents of developers, creators, and problem-solvers around the world, to apply solutions towards all types of complex problems and issues.