Zara Rutherford, a 19-year-old Belgian-British teenager landed in Coimbatore on Thursday as part of her journey, flying solo, across 52 countries to motivate and encourage women to pursue their dreams in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
She will clock 51,000 km in a Shark ultra-light plane and leave Belgium on August 18. Ms Rutherford hopes her journey, which will conclude in the mid of January next year, will help highlight the gender gap in aviation and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related careers, said a press release.
Coimbatore-based Elgi Equipment is one of the sponsors of Ms Rutherford’s record-breaking attempt. Throughout her 51,000-km route, Ms Rutherford is meeting with local youth to bring more visibility to aviation and STEM, specifically for young girls.
She is also investing her funds on tree-planting projects to offset her carbon footprint, the press release added. Jairam Varadaraj, Managing Director, Elgi Equipments, said, “We are excited to be a part of her (Zara Rutherford) journey.
Women are largely underrepresented in the manufacturing industry, and at Elgi, we firmly believe that diversity adds new perspectives, stimulates innovation, raises overall standards of work, and improves results.” Mr Rutherford will fly to Mumbai on Friday. Women should break the hurdles while pursuing their dream and shine in society.
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