Aug 27, 2020
Think of this, taking risky challenges like climbing Mt. Everest to support and empower women and girls. Can you do it? Surviving an earthquake on top of the highest mountain in the world, perhaps? Well, our guest on the show today has gone through all that and went back again to empower even more women.
Sara Safari is the first Iranian to climb the seven summits - the seven highest peaks across all continents. She supports and empowers women in Nepal to get out of the traps of being trafficked, abused at home, and denied an education. She studied electrical engineering then practiced teaching before migrating to the United States and developing the idea of climbing mountains to empower women and girls.
Listen in to hear the inspiring story of how Sara came near to death after experiencing an earthquake while climbing Mt. Everest and instead of giving up, she became more determined. You will learn the importance of recognizing your privilege and choosing to give to the less fortunate with all your heart.
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“Each one of us has a very unique interesting story, it might seem like a very normal story for us but for other people, it might be inspiring and helpful.”- Sara Safari [9:31]
“You don’t have to have all the answers right now, just start from somewhere.” - Sara Safari [12:08]
“If you build your life somehow that is based on your values system, based on the things that you really care about, nothing can move it.”- Sara Safari [14:25]
“My experiences in the mountains gave me so much perspective towards life, I don’t give myself permission to complain anymore.” - Sara Safari [31:03]
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About Sara Safari
Sara Safari is an author, speaker, mountain climber, college professor, Electrical Engineer and advocate for women empowerment. She has received the award for The Global Citizen from United Nations Association in 2015. She is a board member and director of development in Empower Nepali Girls foundation. She also has received the award for Outstanding Practice with Broad Impact in the area of women and leadership from International Leadership Association in 2017.
Sara will be the first Iranian in history to climb the Seven Summits, the seven highest peaks in each continent. She is climbing to raise funds for seven organizations who are empowering women. She published her books “Follow my Footsteps”, “Above the Mountain Shadow” and “Making a Difference” to share her story with the world. She is working on a featured film and a documentary with a talented team of directors and producers who have extensive experience working on complex social justice issues.