Lama, a Middle East-based leader in peace building across Africa, Asia, and Europe, is climbing Nepal's Mount Lobuche to advocate for more significant peace-building roles for women. She hopes to raise 1 JD (1.41 USD) for each metre climbed from 445m below sea level to Lobuche's 6190m peak, totalling 9335 USD, for Jordan's leading NGO, Generations For Peace, whose global programmes empower women and youth to lead peace-building efforts.
Peace building on a global scale is largely response-oriented and male-dominated. Yet for every US dollar spent on conflict prevention through peace building, the future cost of conflict is reduced by 16 USD - saving $2.94 trillion over 10 years. In many areas where peace-building efforts are most needed, women are not seen as capable of contributing the necessary elements to make progress in peace building at a local level.
The first step to address this issue is recognising it exists, and in order to make it more widely known that women have a more significant role to play in peace building, Lama is undertaking a physical challenge that few women from the Middle East have attempted before. In climbing Mount Lobuche, Lama is creating a tangible representation of the "mountains" women must overcome in order to prove their worth and value, and contribute in meaningful ways to fields like peace building.
By highlighting the "mountains" women must climb and their ability to overcome them, Lama will help give voice and recognition to women looking to leave their mark in peace building. Both Lama and GFP recognise the presence of women in the field as vital for a range of reasons, including both that women are half of every community and the tasks of peace building are so great that they require that all be partners in its process.