We want to empower women in the global south. In diverse countries such as Morocco, our outreach to women is empowering women in leadership positions. Morocco is known for being one of the most progressive states in the Middle East because of its support for women’s rights. Despite these advancements, women’s education in Morocco still lags behind and over 80% of women are illiterate. We work with a female Berber entrepreneur who owns the transportation company for our tours and who hires female drivers. We engage with Berber Moroccan women as tour leaders hiring female guides. We support trek guide training which helps to benefit women playing a leading role in tourism.
In Morocco, we use accommodations that reflect our commitment to women’s empowerment, such as the Kasbah Toubkhal that co-founded the Education for All program for girls’ education: (https://www.efamorocco.org/). We donate to the Education for All campaign as a project partner. Their focus is to provide the opportunity of a secondary education for girls from the High Atlas mountain region.
Our female guides are BLASTING OPEN the doors for other fierce females in the tourism sector. We align ourselves with partners and female guides wherever possible in order to help create employment opportunities and to empower women by creating an independent working environment. Here, are some of the women breaking down the barriers. After all, The mountains see no gender.
Hafida is one of only 10 female guides in Morocco and takes all-women groups to visit hard-to-reach communities. She’s been running around the wilds of Morocco working as a tour leader for over 20 years. Hafida was born in the village of Tahnaout in the Atlas Mountains and specializes in trekking and hiking.
Papila has been guiding in the Himalayas of Nepal for nearly 10 years, sharing her love of the mountains with visitors from around the world. Papila started going on mountain trips with her father, an accomplished mountain guide when she was just a girl. Now she is the lead guide for all of our Wild Women Everest Base Camp Treks!
Papila is breaking the norm in Nepal as the concept of females leading trekking adventures has emerged with the gender equality stepping forward. The support of her family, our local partner and this wild women community helps propel Papila forward in this industry.
Grace is a fierce female mountain and safari guide who’s conquered Kilimanjaro sixteen times! In Tanzania, there are less than ten female guides and Grace is one of the women working towards making leaps in tourism. She was inspired to pursue becoming a guide because it is a male-dominated industry in Tanzania. Grace became a guide when she was sixteen and studied tourism at Tarangire National Park. She hopes to inspire other women.
Davka embodies our wild women philosophy of loving adventure, caring for the environment, and supporting an ethical cultural connection. She loves to introduce her country’s culture, wild nature, and history. Davka grew up in western Mongolia and has been working in the tourism sector for seven years. She studied as an ecotourism manager at the Mongolian State University of Science where she started her career as a tour assistant. She is passionate about hiking, riding horses and staying close to nature.
Chhimi is licensed as a cultural and trekking guide in Bhutan and has been working in tourism for twelve years.
Chhimi is a wild woman with a passion for supporting women’s empowerment in Bhutan and for women to be strong and independent from men. She thrives as a rare female guide in this profession. She is excited to show women from different parts of the world around her beautiful country. Happiest place on earth!
DISNARDIA ARGON CHOQUE
Disnardia is a native of Cuzco, and is immensely proud of her Inca cultural heritage. She grew up speaking Spanish as well as Quechua, the language of the Incas and of the majority of peasants who live in the mountains of southern Peru. From an early age, she felt inspired by the mountains and being in close contact with the natural environment. She has been working as a professional guide since 2002 and enjoys sharing with visitors the natural wonders of the Andes, and encouraging a cultural mixing between visitors and her Andean neighbours.
KAREN HILL TRIBE ELEPHANT PROJECT
We support elephant rescue centres and women’s job training in remote Karen Hill Tribe communities. Wild Women Expeditions supports an elephant project run by the Karen Hill Tribe women to protect elephants that had been abused in an exploitative riding camp.
WSDO GURUNG WEAVERS
In Nepal, we visit the WSDO along the slopes of the Annapurna Mountain Range to visit the Gurung women. The extraordinary skill of the Gurung weavers who contributed to starting the textile trade in Nepal has been a valuable source of income for the community. The WSDO is a non-profit fair trade organization that has been working since 1975 to empower women who face social and economic hardships.
We support Mama Ana’s economic activities and have been welcomed by the village women who show us their activities and offer a glimpse of rural African life. The women here have created projects which support their families and preserve their culture-all beneath the lush vegetation of Mount Meru. Projects include cheese making, bread baking, and running a small store.
BOS BABYSITTERS PROGRAM IN BORNEO
We support the BOS Foundation and its sanctuary caregivers. Babysitters play a critical role in the overall rehabilitation process for orangutans at the BOS Foundation centres. In Borneo, local women play the role of babysitter and will care for an individual orangutan for up to 15 years.
We support and dine at Sheroes cafe in India run by survivors of acid attacks. We celebrate and are inspired by the courageous Indian women rebuilding their lives and livelihoods in the wake of extreme violence. Sheroes is part of the Stop Acid Attacks campaign, which was launched on International Women’s Day in 2013. They are fundraising for a home for acid attack survivors, and are working hard to reach their fundraising goal. If you’d like to contribute please see fundraiser (https://milaap.org/fundraisers/SAA).
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE FOR WOMEN
In Morocco, we visit women’s cooperatives where locally made items are sold. We also support the Henna Café, a social enterprise project for women in Marrakech that employs women trained by the Amal Centre for disadvantaged women: (http://amalnonprofit.org/)