“We will light a candle on top of Mount Kilimanjaro which will shine beyond our borders, giving hope where there is despair, love where there is hate, and dignity where before there was only humiliation.”

FEMNET

Trek Up Kilimanjaro
by Nebila Abdulmelik

Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of Africa’s many treasures. Not only is it the highest mountain on the continent, it is one of the tallest volcanoes in the world, and moreover, the highest free standing mountain in the world. From March 5th-9th, 2012, 75 climbers representing men, women and youth from 36 African nations and consisting of members of civil society, celebrities, activists, athletes will trek up this 5,895m mountain to ‘Climb Up & Speak Out’ against Violence against Women & Girls. Once at the peak, they will present the various committments by their respective governments. Where best to do this then the “Roof of Africa”? As the powerful and unforgettable Julius Nyerere said, perhaps prophetically, “We will light a candle on top of Mount Kilimanjaro which will shine beyond our borders, giving hope where there is despair, love where there is hate, and dignity…

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