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7 Nepali Women, 7 Summits in 7 Continents, 1 Mission
Written by Sanjib Chaudhary On 4 March 2014 @ 20:40 pm | No Comments
In Citizen Media, English, Good News, Nepal, Photos, South Asia, Travel, Video, Weblog, Women & Gender, Youth
It all started with the ‘First Inclusive Women Sagarmatha Expedition 2008 Spring ’ which became the most successful Nepali women’s expedition to ever scale Mt Everest in May 2008. The expedition comprised of ten women who broke through socio-cultural barriers to prove their mettle in a patriarchic society. Seven members  from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds came together during this expedition and went on to climb  five highest peaks in the five continents. Their mission is to climb the highest mountain in each continent; 5 done, 2 to go.
Alan Arnette, climber and mountaineering writer congratulated the team on their successful ascent of Mount Aconcagua, the tallest peak in South America.
Nepali Seven Summits Women Team summited Aconcagua. Denali, Vinson remain. Well done Ladies. http://t.co/sDWktSmfXQ 
— Alan Arnette (@alan_arnette) March 2, 2014 
Last year, marking the occasion of International Women’s Day, the women climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa  together with four African women, highlighting the significance of girl education. The Kilimanjaro climb was partly sponsored by  The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Jenna Cattermole, WFP Communications Officer in Tanzania, tweeted:
— Jenna Cattermole (@jennbcat) February 27, 2014 
Members of the Seven Summits Women Team – Shailee Basnet, Pujan Acharya, Maya Gurung, Asha Kumari Singh, Nimdoma Sherpa, Pema Diki Sherpa and Chunu Shrestha come from diverse backgrounds, each with strong personal stories of struggle and inspiration.
The inclusiveness of the team is an example for all to emulate.
Kanak Mani Dixit, a veteran Nepali journalist tweeted:
Our politicians in forming cabinet could have learnt inclusiveness from seven sisters who just climbed Mt. Aconcagua http://t.co/SipjL26SEU 
— Kanak Mani Dixit (@KanakManiDixit) February 26, 2014 
The website  dedicated to the summiteers details their source of inspiration, motivation and goal.
One ran away from home at 14 to escape a forced marriage. Another was educated, as she was deemed not to be beautiful enough to find a good husband. Hence we not only believe the message we carry but also incorporate school visits, collaboration with local women and learning about local environmental impact as core components of the mission. The goal is to compile the knowledge gained in this historic journey into educational material, which will be distributed, to students worldwide.
Since 2008, the group has visited over 150 schools not only in Nepal but across five continents, speaking to around 20,000 students about their own journey of struggle, success and bigger dreams. Under their mission to promote women empowerment, the group encourages, supports and guides  women of all ages and nationalities to hike, train and explore the outdoors along with them; their belief – “exploring your own limit is the only way to empowerment”.
The group has uploaded a YouTube video  to seek support in their mission.
Less than 350 people in the world have climbed the seven summits, which include all the highest peaks in each of the seven continents. Out of them only 51 are women and till now nobody from Nepal has achieved this feat.
With the scaling of Mt Everest in Asia, Mt Kosciuszko in Australia, Mt Elbrus in Europe, Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa and Mt Aconcagua in South America, the seven women are only two peaks away to reaching their goal. Abiding with their motto ‘Together We Reach Higher’ they want to publish the knowledge gained in the seven continents into educational material to be distributed worldwide to young students.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=q-MoOngoyhQ
 First Inclusive Women Sagarmatha Expedition 2008 Spring: http://susmitamaskey.com/expedition.php
 Seven members: http://sevensummitswomen.org/our-team/
 went on to climb: http://www.nepalnews.com/index.php/society-archive/31541-seven-summits-women-scale-mt-aconcagua
 http://t.co/sDWktSmfXQ: http://t.co/sDWktSmfXQ
 March 2, 2014: https://twitter.com/alan_arnette/statuses/440156692345397248
 the women climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa: http://sevensummitswomen.org/7-summits/
 was partly sponsored by: http://nepalitimes.com/news.php?id=19459#.UxXxHIUk03g
 @WFP: https://twitter.com/WFP
 http://t.co/acFZ9m6S29: http://t.co/acFZ9m6S29
 February 27, 2014: https://twitter.com/jennbcat/statuses/439022549163585536
 http://t.co/SipjL26SEU: http://t.co/SipjL26SEU
 February 26, 2014: https://twitter.com/KanakManiDixit/statuses/438572379325755392
 encourages, supports and guides: http://sevensummitswomen.org/cause/empowerment-2/
 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Sevensummitswomen
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