The women of Upper Hunza on Sunday paid tribute to the first Pakistani woman to scale Mt. Everest, the Earth’s highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 metres above sea level.
A group of about 250 women- hailing from village Gulmit, Ghulkin, Hussaini and Passu- participated in a trek from village Gulmit to Borith through Ghulkin and back in honor of Samina Baig, a daughter of Hunza who became the first Pakistani woman to scale Mt. Everest about two months back. Even though the event was for women aged 25 to 60 years, yet a large number of women above 60 were also seen hiking and enjoying the event.
The trek was organized by the women activities portfolio of lower Gojal. According to the organizers, the event was intended to honor Samina Baig, promote outdoors among the women and create awareness among them about a variety of subjects, including women empowerment, women rights, and health.
Boy scouts, girl guides and men volunteers of the area facilitated the participants of the trek.
Azra Sher Khan was keynote speaker and chief guest of the trek’s closing session. In their speeches, the speakers and event organizers underscored the health advantages of the trek and paid tribute to Samina Baig’s achievement and dedication. They commended Samina Baig’s contribution to women empowerment and for what they said was letting the world know there is no task women cannot do.
“This type of trekking event shall be organized at least two times a year. I am feeling lucky to take part in the event. It is also a great opportunity to meet relatives and other women,” said Jamila Bibi, who took part in the trek.
The women of village Shishkat were unable to take part in the event due to mobility issues. The non-availability of boat service between Shishkat and Gulmit kept the women of Shishkat waiting hours at the boat basin, reports said.