The Everest Women of NepalMar 8, 2009
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Now, seven of them are part of another mission: touring schools and making video presentations about their expedition. The goal is to teach and inspire children, with topics of gender equality, women’s empowerment and global warming among the top priorities.
The team talks about their personal experiences when visiting schools. They come from diverse backgrounds and castes but worked together as a team. Among the young “Everest Women” are a journalist, a fashion model and a woman who supported her family by washing clothes for other people.
"We want to show kids that success comes with hard work and education; that neither age, religion, caste or the region you are from matters if you really want to achieve something," says 24-year-old team member Shailee Basnett, who is a journalist with Nepal’s Himalmedia.
like the first successful all-female Mount Everest Expedition have
brought attention to gender equality and the Millennium Development
“I have been in the mountaineering sector since 2003 and every year I have been seeing that there is a higher snow-melting ratio,” said Susmita Maskey, the expedition coordinator. “In the winter of 2007, there was no snowfall whatsoever, and on our expedition we saw rocky peaks instead of snow capped mountains. At this melting rate, there is a high possibility of a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF). This is scary.”
Thanks to the efforts of this team, Mount Everest is now used to bring attention to gender equality and the Millennium Development Goals, particularly goals 3 and 7, that focus on gender and environment. The group received support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Denmark.
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