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sPeaker Series, May 5th: Mountain2Mountain in Afghanistan

Posted on: April 26th, 2010 by AAC Library

The Mountaineering Museum presents:

Mountain 2 Mountain
Breaking Barriers on Two Wheels in Afghanistan

May 5th 2010 @ 7:00PM (Museum Open @ 5:30)

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Shannon Galpin has travelled to Afghanistan five times in the past two years on behalf of her fledging non profit, Mountain 2 Mountain.  Established to strike at the heart of gender inequity and human rights, Mountain 2 Mountain looks at girls education as the entry point to the full cycle of support needed to create lasting change for Afghanistan.

Working within the women’s prisons, building schools in rural mountain communities, and establishing computers labs in Kabul, are the first steps in their charge to create educational and trade opportunities and to provide the follow through to microfinance and small business start up.

Shannon became the first woman to mountain bike in the country, and has used that unique experience to bring her closer in communication with the men and women she encounters and to highlight the rugged beauty of this land often lost in the battle of war.

“Education for women and girls is the first step towards empowerment.  When these girls are given the tools not just to read and write, but to critically think, to understand political and social issues that affect them, then have the ability to be heard, to be respected, and to become the catalysts for change within their own country.  This will do more for women’s rights, violence against women and children, and economic growth than anything else we can do.”  Shannon Galpin

Sponsored by: First Ascent and KEEN Footwear

$3 CMC/AAC Members, $5 Non-Members – FREE to Friends of the Museum and Friends of the AAC Library.

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