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FRI NIGHT VID: Ascending Afghanistan: Rising Women

Following our interview with Hanifa Yousoufi - the first Afghan woman to summit Noshaq, Afghanistan's highest mountain - tonight's Friday Night Video documents the journey of a group of Afghan women who aim to make history as the first women in their country to summit Mir Samir, led and supported by US non-profit Ascend: Leadership Through Athletics.

In 2015, the team embarked on a 17-day expedition against the advice of their elders in an attempt to change perceptions of Afghan women, taking in three of the region's highest peaks, all over 4,876m. They named one unclimbed mountain 'The Lion Daughters of Mir Samir Peak.' 'Ascending Afghanistan' received a Special Jury Mention at Banff Mountain Film Festival and won the Best Culture film award at Kendal Mountain Festival.

Watch the trailer for an upcoming film documenting Hanifa's ascent of Noshaq earlier this year:

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It's not necessarily a 'breaking news' style feature is it. More a read the interview, now see the film thing. I'm glad ukc does more than just cover the most recent top level ascents and 2 of 5 is hardly excessive...
This is a great story about an important breakthrough for Afghan women climbers, but it occupies 2 of the 5 headline stories on UKC - is this an appropriate level of coverage for an ascent of a well...
Powerful stuff at times. I  hope the experience has changed their lives for the better in some way.  It's good to see the organisation has carried on and had further success with Hanifa (and presumably others) this...
UKC, thanks so much for posting this incredible film. I was genuinely surprised to see such a serious & political film here and it is absolutely needed and appreciated. What an incredible piece of human endeavour.
If the "gender stuff" is making you uncomfortable then you're probably part of the male-dominated power structure it's designed to challenge. The Taliban views on women may seem foreign, but women are being abused,...
There's a good deal of this gender stuff appearing on the site lately I've been quite uncomfortable with, I genuinely don't feel the need to bring this toxic material into a sport thats generally comfortable with the...

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