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Funmi Iyanda to climb Africa’s highest mountain

Channels Television  
Updated February 28, 2012

Television personality, Ms. Funmi Iyanda is set to join climbers from 32 African countries as they scale the continent’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro on 5 March, in a bid to raise awareness on ending the violence against women in Africa.

The steep climb is organised by the Africa UNiTE campaign group. Iyanda and some other notable Africans – South African rock group the Parlotones, South African actress Rosie Motene, human rights lawyer Ann Njogu, Congolese singer Barbara Kanam and more – are expected to make the three day climb.

Reports say the group will brave low temperatures, endure camping outdoors and nights in sleeping bags before they get to the peak on 8 March, which falls on International Women’s Day.

They will then return on the fourth day.

UNiTE hopes the climb will not only raise global awareness in its campaign against women’s abuse, but also hopes to get African nations to commit to ending violence against women and girls by 2015.