Mountain Women of the World is a collaborative project by non-profit organisation Empowering Women of Nepal, non-profit organisation Feminist Hiking Collective, groups Kilimanjaro Women and las Cholitas Escaladoras de Bolivia, enterprises Mujeres a la Cumbre and Women Who Hike-Africa.
The project aims to build a transnational network of mountain women*, build mountain women's collective feminist leadership, strengthen economic justice, narrate a collective mountaineering story and foreground the collective knowledge and experience of mountain women in protecting mountains.
We aim to foreground the fundamental importance of collectively protecting mountains, to promote diversity as elements of deep richness and shared learning, to create and sustain a narrative of mountaineering as a collective experience that builds women's collective power, thus encouraging more women to get involved with mountaineering, and as a tool for collective care, sharing and solidarity, to build humility, resilience, and our reciprocity with and belonging to Mother Earth.
United, equal, supporting and caring for each other to tell a collective feminist hiking story.
The mountain unites us. Together we transform!
*with the term "women" we always mean people self-identifying with this gender.
Consapevolezza - Collettività - Condivisione - Contro ogni forma di discriminazione
Il progetto Cholitas in Dolomiti prevede l'organizzazione di un periodo di escursioni, incontri e condivisioni con il gruppo delle Cholitas Escaladoras Maya dalla Bolivia nelle Dolomiti di Brenta a luglio-agosto 2022. Le Cholitas Escaladoras Maya sono un gruppo di donne indigene Aymara della Bolivia che sfidano discriminazione e disuguaglianze e scalano assieme le montagne. Il progetto mira a creare consapevolezza sulla montagna come luogo di empowerment collettivo, unione e solidarietà, per superare assieme ogni forma di oppressione e discriminazione. Il progetto prevede due settimane di escursioni ed incontri nelle quali rappresentanti del gruppo Cholitas Escaladoras Maya incontrino gruppi locali come simbolo di scambio tra tradizioni e culture di montagna, e include incontri ed eventi per creare consapevolezza sulla discriminazione e violenza di genere. Il progetto mira anche a sostenere una narrativa delle Dolomiti come patrimonio collettivo, spazio accessibile ed inclusivo, per promuovere la connessione e reciprocità con la montagna.
As at the Feminist Hiking Collective our work is aimed at building collective feminist leadership, we aim to publish a range of collaborative dialogues, articles and resources to unpack it (or at least try!) as a collective reflection project. We would be very happy to receive contributions and further reflections on this, as this is very much a working document and it is not meant to be a fully comprehensive analysis – it aims to be part of our grounding and analysis work that forms our practice.
The project aims to include tools for system transformation, from the inner to the wider society levels, collaborating with feminist groups, organisations and people to collectively reflect, build awareness and analyse the structures that underpin the neoliberal capitalist individualist patriarchal system, and unpacking different elements to build collective feminist leadership, mapping some of its practices worldwide, and grounding the project in a decolonial vision, ensuring dialogues and narratives are not extracting or de-contextualising knowledge, epistemologies and wisdom, but rather co-creating a collective and diverse feminist narrative that honours and acknowledges the collective experiences, work, struggles and resistance of groups and movements across the world.
We have written an introductory article to the project - you can find it here. This initial article is only an initial unpacking of collective feminist leadership, and aims to be followed by dialogues, co-authored pieces and initiatives that focus on specific themes.
We would like to acknowledge and express our profound gratitude to those feminist groups, collectives, networks and organizations whose work have collectively inspired and grounded our reflections and our practice: JASS, CREA, FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund, Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Mujeres Defensoras de Derechos Humanos (IM-Defensoras), Ni Una Menos, NDN Collective, Non Una di Meno, AWID, FAMM Indonesia and many more.