We often hear people say the word “can’t” when talking about Saudi women.
I’m always very happy to say oh yes they CAN.
Climb Mount Everest that is!
A campaign called “A Woman’s Journey: Destination Mount Everest” headed by Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud, one of the founders of the Zahra Breast Cancer Organization, follows the journey of 10 Saudi women to the base camp of Mt. Everest.
The group of women participating in the cause have all been affected by breast cancer in their lives.
This campaign aims not only to spread breast cancer awareness but to educate Saudi women on the importance of physical activity in the prevention of breast cancer.
From their site:
“Through this attempt, and numerous side events that are happening in conjunction, the campaign will educate the public on the causes and effects of breast cancer and unite the women of Saudi Arabia in a momentous event. Together, the campaign organizers want to demonstrate the strength and determination of Saudi women and prove that through a united front that a difference can be made. The campaign invites women from all backgrounds to walk 15 minutes daily whether at home, at work or at school between 7-21st of May, 2012 in solidarity with the climbers and to demonstrate their commitment to each other and to good health.
The relationship between physical activity and breast cancer has been extensively studied, with over 60 studies published in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Most studies indicate that physically active women have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than inactive women.
A Woman’s Journey: Destination Mount Everest campaign hopes to inspire women to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle in order to prevent breast cancer.”
Princess Reema also organized the 10KSA Guinness World Record breaking human pink ribbon formation in Riyadh 2015.
Princess Reema was also one of the organizers of the Guinness World Record breaking formation of the largest human pink ribbon chain in Jeddah. Read about this event on Susie’s blog here: http://susiesbigadventure.blogspot.com/2010/10/pink-ribbon-earns-ksa-place-in-history.html
More pictures and updates on their Facebook Group: A Woman’s Journey: Destination Mount Everest
Photo from Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AWomansJourneyDestinationMountEverest
Way to go Saudi ladies!!!
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Hello there! I’m Laura, the founder of Blue Abaya- the first travel blog in Saudi Arabia, established in 2010. Travel has always been my passion- so far I’ve visited 75 countries and I’m always on the lookout for new adventures inside and outside of Saudi Arabia! Follow my adventures in Saudi and beyond on instagram: instagram.com/blueabaya
hi lovely lady.ı hope u r doıng great. ı jst come through ur blog short whıle ago and ı got addıcted to ıt .ı m followıng ıt everyday.and ı really admire u.am a turkısh lady who gonna move to rıyadh ın a month tıme. ur blog helped me alot about my new lıfe there .thnx alot for all ur shares .and would love to know ıf u ve a facebook account.because ı thnk my mınd got mıxed wth u and susıa of
Hi pinar and thanks for the kind words! Susie and I are both admins of the FB group called Susie of Arabia, hope to see you there :)
Mashallah! Must have been a hard trip to the top. I am glad they reached it safely.
However, in defense of our men, I do not know it they broke a Guinness World record before or if they will do it this year. But they have always done many things to support charitable causes, environmental causes, and social causes. The newspapers usually don't recognize what Saudi men do. Their focus
Yes I'm sure it was!
I mentioned the men because people always have this unfair impression that Saudi men are the ones who achieve stuff, to point out that it's the women who exceeded them this time around! So there's really nothing to correct here :)
P.S I found that a Saudi man broke Guinness world record of eating scorpions lol
I don't know that is a good question..
I came across your blog through the 2012 weblog awards. In reading back a few posts, I was very surprised to find this one!! I just returned from Nepal and part of my trip included the EBC trek. We saw this group frequently along the trail, but never found out where they were from or the purpose of the trip. How amazing to happen upon the answer in your blog!