Friday, March 20, 2009

Women Conquer Everest!

Everest, the world’s highest peak at 29,000 feet (more than 8,800 meters), was successfully scaled by ten Nepali women last year. They overcame many obstacles including avalanches, extreme cold, sudden storms and low oxygen levels. They received support from the UNDP, the UN World Food Program and the Government of Denmark.

Now, seven of these women are touring schools and making presentations about their expedition in order to teach and inspire children. They focus on issues like gender equality, women’s empowerment, and global warming. The group is made up of women from very different backgrounds – a journalist, a fashion model and a woman who supported her family by washing clothes.

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