Climbing against gender-based violence: A quest for dignity, equality and justice

At the summit of Mt Brandberg, the climbers joined the MYWORLD initiative and casted their vote to ‘end AIDS and gender-based violence’. Credit: UNAIDS
At the summit of Mt Brandberg, the climbers joined the MYWORLD initiative and casted their vote to ‘end AIDS and gender-based violence’. Credit: UNAIDS

Mountain climbing for most is a sign of strength, courage, achievement and perhaps a sense of freedom. For the 25 men and women who summited Mountain Brandberg in Namibia from 18-21 April, their drive was solidarity against gender-based violence (GBV).

Led by young people, gender activists, women affected by GBV, representatives of non-government organisations, artists, poets, and radio personalities completed the climb to increase public awareness on GBV and advocate for behaviour change in Namibia.

“With the increasing number of gender-based violence cases in Namibia it was important to bring young people together to discuss possible solutions while having fun,” said fashion designer, Hem Matsi who organized the climb. Continue reading “Climbing against gender-based violence: A quest for dignity, equality and justice”