This space will feature blog posts from our Ascend Afghanistan management team – the people who are making the program possible day after day — on the ground in Kabul.
It has been 6 months since we began working together with Afghanistan’s National Mountain Climbing Federation to establish a women’s national mountain climbing team for Afghanistan.
In doing so, we are aiming to introduce new conquerors, and to challenge the idea that “it is a man’s thing to be a mountain climber” or “women should just stay inside their houses.” We are here to say that “women of Afghanistan are now going to conquer the highest mountain in Afghanistan and women will be wherever they choose to be.”
Our team is made up of courageous young girls who want to climb every mountain in Afghanistan. They come from different ethnic and economic backgrounds and are committed to breaking stereotypes about women in Afghanistan.
In our first phase, we are organizing a rigorous fitness routine, a technical mountaineering training program, and a comprehensive set of leadership, teamwork, gender and management workshops.