‘Women On A Mission’ Trek Across Desert To Raise Awareness For Abused Women

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Women on a Mission, an independent, self-funded, all-female team of 13 women from Singapore will embark on a 10 day trek across a politically charged region of the Middle East, on November 3, 2013, in an effort to raise awareness and funds for women survivors of war, victims of human trafficking, and rape. This team of dedicated has chosen the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in the mountainous region of Wadi Rum, also called the Valley of the Moon, as its next destination to highlight the need to end violence against women. Wadi Rum is also well known for its connection with British officer and adventurer T.E. Lawrence, often referred to as Lawrence of Arabia, who passed through this region several times during the Arab Revolt of 1917-18.

Following close on the heels of their successful campaign to Everest Base Camp in Nepal last November 2012, which raised a total of S$ 145,000 for women victims of war, this next Women on a Mission trek will, in contrast, be taking place in the midst of very different landscapes and temperatures. The journey will be equally challenging, and for this expedition, the team has chosen to partner with UK based Secret Compass, pioneers in adventurous travel, founded by ex-British military officers of Her Majesty’s Forces Parachute Regiment, who have helped put together a very challenging trek for the women heading to Jordan.

The team’s journey will begin in Amman, the capital of Jordan, and continue on to Wadi Rum, following the magical trail of the Bedouin people of the deserts of the Rakebat Canyon. They will camp en route, and continue to travel in an otherworldly and majestic land of dunes and jagged red-rose rocks. The trek will include an average of 7 to 8 hours of hard hiking per day (carrying 15-20kg packs) under blistering heat, on a multitude of terrains, and will culminate with the scaling of the steep rocky facade of Jebel Um Adaam, the highest mountain in Jordan, located near the border of Saudi Arabia.

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Historically, Jordan has played a pivotal role in the struggle for power in the Middle East. Its significance in this campaign is of great importance, as not only is it strategically located at the crossroads of what Christians, Jews and Muslims call the Holy Land, extending into the historic region of Palestine, at the heart of an area that has been at war since the dawn of time, but also because Jordan has strived to play a noteworthy role in brokering peace between governments at war, in this volatile powder keg of a region, for over half a century.
By trekking in this part of the world, the team of Women on a Mission hopes to bring international attention to the need for societies, corporations and governments to get involved and help end violence against women, not just victims of war, but also victims of human trafficking and rape. The team passionately feels this reality can no longer be tolerated, in any form, in any context, and by anyone around the globe.

The Trek to Jordan is part of a larger effort to raise awareness and funds for key charitable organizations that Women on a Mission support and work closely with. The team’s objective is to raise a total of $100,000 SGD to support the following charitable organizations:

Women for Women International (WfWI)– an independent humanitarian organization, which provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with resources and tools to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency. WfWI operates in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan, with itsheadquarters in Washington, DC and executive/fundraising offices in London and New York. The organization was founded in 1993, by Zainab Salbi, an Iraqi American who is herself a survivor of the Iran/Iraq War, and counts Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan as its Global Ambassador. For more information please visit their website womenforwomen.org.

UN Women Singapopre & WARE– two Singapore-based organizations that specifically focus on helping to further the cause of victims of gender violence, UN Women Singapore  and AWARE, on the We Can! End All Violence Against Women Campaign (Singapore), which hopes to mobilize 1000 Change Makers and community organizations to spread awareness and action for a violence-free Singapore. The campaign highlights the less visible forms of violence against women and provides individuals and organizations with tools for violence prevention and intervention.

The team’s journey will begin in Amman, the capital of Jordan, and continue on to Wadi Rum, following the magical trail of the Bedouin people of the deserts of the Rakebat Canyon. The trek will include an average of 7 to 8 hours of hard hiking per day (carrying 15-20kg packs) under blistering heat, on a multitude of terrains, and will culminate with the scaling of the steep rocky facade of Jebel Um Adaam, the highest mountain in Jordan, located near the border of Saudi Arabia.

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