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Five Bangladeshi female mountaineers complete training

  • Published at 07:14 pm July 20th, 2016
Five Bangladeshi female mountaineers complete training
The Bangla Mountaineering and Trekking Club organised a press conference on the successful completion of basic mountaineering training by a team of five Bangladeshi women at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in India. The press conference was held on July 16, 2016 at the National Press Club. Sultana Kamal, advocate, human rights worker and former advisor of the last caretaker government, Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, chairman, ADCOMM, Nishat Mazumder, first female Everest conqueror from Bangladesh, Enam Ul Haque, expedition-goer to Antarctica and the North Pole, were present as honourable guests while another conqueror of the mighty Everest, M A Mohit led the conference. The five mountaineers Iffat Farhana, Fowzia Ahmed, Shayla Parvin, Reshma Nahar and Bibi Khadiza started gaining experience by trekking on the hills of Bangladesh and the Himalayas until the team finally went to India, where they received basic mountaineering training from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi for 28 days. The team shared their stories and experiences and were grateful towards the Fair & Lovely Foundation, which sponsored their training. All the speakers praised the five mountaineers on completing their training and hoped that they will stand as symbols of women empowerment in Bangladesh. Geeteara Safiya particular recalled an experience - “I remember attending an international Rotarian conference where I had to talk about women empowerment in Bangladesh in a room of 500 delegates. Nishat had recently conquered Mt Everest and her story was on my last slide. The conclusion of my speech was met with a standing ovation. Delegates came up to me and marvelled about the bravery of our girls and suggested that their perception of Bangladeshi girls, was now a changed one.” She motivated the five young mountaineers by telling them that the next time she goes to an international forum like the previous one, she wishes to include their achievements. “We have previously proven that we are capable and we will continue to prove that we can,” she added. Human rights activist and advocate Sultana Kamal proudly talked about how these are the ways in which the new generation should represent Bangladesh on the global platform. “The five women mountaineers here today are amazing representatives of the youth of Bangladesh, and they are making us proud on a global platform,” she said. “This sends a very clear statement to the world – that we are not scared of terrorism and other enemies of progress, and we will strive through this all in support of our strong and independent women.”