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The Africa UNiTE Campaign is organizing the Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, from 5 to 9 March 2012, in partnership with the Kilimanjaro Initiative and UNFCU, under the theme “Speak Out! Climb Up! Africa UNiTE to End Violence against Women”.
On March 5, a group of 74 individuals made up of NGOs, youth activists, sports persons, human right lawyers, journalists, musicians, actors, grassroots organisations, United Nations and Governments across Africa will start climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, reaching the summit on 8 March, International Women’s Day.
The notoriously challenging climb is being organized as part of the Africa UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign, which is part of a UN system-wide campaign launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The campaign in Africa focuses on implementation of laws, national action plans, data collection, prevention of conflict-related sexual violence, public mobilization and awareness raising, and creating safe public spaces for women and girls.
Violence against women and girls is pervasive across Africa. The climb will involve a series of awareness raising activities across Africa, in coordination with 14 UN agencies, governments and civil society organizations in the region.
Get more updates from the Climb on this page.
Visit http://www.africaunitecampaign.org/ to get more information.
You can organize your own Climb Up! Speak Out! action
On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2012, you, as well as family and friends can climb the steps of your home, office/building with your own personal pledge to End Violence against Women and Girls! Post your action on www.saynotoviolence.org See UNFCU's action from New York: http://saynotoviolence.org/join-say-no/climb-speak-out
Post your pledge to end violence against women on this page and sign up to join the Say NO - UNiTE network.
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|Action Type:||Awareness Raising|
Kilimanjaro Climb was successful! All climbers made it back to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro on March 9. They had reached the summit on March 8, International Women's Day, as planned.
The climbers shared wonderful personal experiences and lessons learnt as part of their journey to the summit, and reiterated their commitment to take concrete action to stop violence against women and girls in Africa. "This climb is a representation of how we need to synergize our efforts to end violence against women and girls. We need to take one step at a time-just like the climb, focusing on the goal, which is to end violence against women and girls in our homes, communities and nations. Together we made it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. And together, we can end violence against women and girls in Africa” said a climber.
The climbers were received at the foothilss by staff from UN Women and UNFPA, representatives of UNFCU, Kilimanjaro Initiative, the Government of Tanzania, representatives of Urgent Action Fund Africa, women’s organizations, including SOAWR, FEMNET, COVAW, and others. Ann Njogu of Kenya was received at the Marangu Gate by a delegation of Kenyan activists, sent by the Prime Minister-H.E Raila A. Odinga, with a message reaffirming his commitment to take concrete actions to end violence against women in Kenya. Ann commited to lead activities at national level, working with other national stakeholders, especially women’s rights organizations to ensure Africa UNiTE is a resounding success in her country and a flagship programme for the UN in the region.
The Tanzanian Director of Gender and Community Development came with 5 concrete messages from the government of Tanzania, committing to review all discriminatory legislation to increase financial and technical support for judicial and security sector reform, for instance establishing gender desks in district police stations and referral hospitals.
Day 2 of Mount Kilimanjaro Climb: Updates just came in from the climbers. The climbers encountered heavy rain and hail storm on the first day of the trek, but have safely reached the second stop - The Horombo Hut . The climbers will have one more stop at the Kibo Hut followed by the summit at Uhuru Peak, on 8 March. Friendships and alliances are building as the diverse group of climbers continue towards the peak of Kilimanjaro, united in their belief that violence against women and girls must stop. Follow @SayNO_UNiTE and #KiliUNiTE for updates.
On 5 March, 2012, the President of Tanzania, Dr Jakaya Kikwete and Mr John Hendra, Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director Mr. John Hendra flagged off 74 Climbers from 36 African countries representing various organizations and sectors at the Marangu Route to raise awareness on ending violence against women and girls on the continent. The flag off event was attended by more than 250 guests including ambassadors. Amongst the 74 climbers 38 are female. In his speech the President reiterated his strong support of the Secretary General’s Say No-UNiTE Campaign to end violence against women and girls saying violence is a scourge which has been around for ages and knows no color, creed, race, age or status.
A pre-climb Youth Forum brought together African youth to discuss the issue of violence against women and girls, and to build a network of youth activists from African countries who committed to work together on this. A youth Declaration has been finalized and will be announced by the climbers at the summit of the Mount Kilimanjaro on March 8.
"The climb will be rigorous and painful, but I will get to the peak," says a smiling 29-year-old Flight Lieutenant Betty Ncube."So is our fight for emancipation as women, it might be long and painful, but we will get there." Read more