Winner: 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking
The 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking Company were winners of the International Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2012 - In the category of "Responsible Tourism in the Mountain Environment"
Owned and run by the Chhetri sisters, 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking train and employ women as high-altitude guides and porters, a break from tradition in the male-dominated Nepalese trekking industry. Employment means empowerment for women in the impoverished west of Nepal, their wages can lift whole families out of poverty and allow the women themselves to continue their education, a rare opportunity in a country where, according to UNESCO, just 2 percentage of female school leavers go on to university. Along with their sister organisation Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN) a local grassroots non-profit organization, they are working to gain gender equality, the elimination of child labour, peace and responsible economic development. The judges were impressed by their work to empower women and by their success in combining business and social goals.
For more information on The Responsible Tourism Awards 2012
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