The Parlotones will be joining celebrities and members of the civil society, private and public sectors as well as media from 54 African countries when they climb Kilimanjaro from the 5 – 9 March 2012 to highlight the “Africa-UNiTE ‘Speak out Climb up to end Violence against Women and Girls’ campaign. The campaign aims to raise global awareness on ending violence against Women and Girls in Africa.

On 25 February 2008, the United Nations Secretary-General launched global level the campaign UNiTE to End Violence against women, 2008-2015, with the overall objective of raising public awareness and increasing political will and resources for preventing and responding to violence against women and girls.  Subsequently the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and the UN Secretary General launched the Africa UNiTE Campaign on 30 January 2010 as the regional component.

Africa-UNiTE is an inter-UN Agency bringing together more than 14 UN organizations (UN Women, UNFPA, UNECA, UNICEF, UNDP, UNHCR, OHCHR, WFP, ILO, WHO, UNEP, UNAIDS, DPKO and UN Habitat), the African Union (AU) and African countries to undertake coordinated actions and activities to end violence against women and girls.

Mount Kilimanjaro
, otherwise known as the Mountain of Greatness and the Roof of Africa, is located in Tanzania, in the north of the country, near the border between Tanzania and Kenya.

The Parlotones forthcoming album titled “Journey through the shadows” will be used to highlight important campaigns such as the Africa UNiTE Campaign and other social issues that desperately need to be brought out of the shadows and into the light.

UN Women, Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Island is excited with the collaboration and partnership with the Parlotones to participate in the Africa UNiTE Kilimanjaro Climb from 5-9 March under the theme “Speak Out – Climb UP”  to raise awareness on issues of violence against women and girls.  The audience and following the Parlotones commands across the region and globally  is strategic to spread the message on ending violence against women and girls.” Says Agnes Utunga Phiri of UN Women.

For anyone who would like to support the climb donations can be deposited here:
UNDP Johannesburg Regional Service Centre Standard Bank Business Cheque Account 220024030 Branch Code 001255 SWIFT SBZAZAJJ Deposit Reference is Kilimanjaro Climb 00063095

Why the climb?
As part of its advocacy activities, and in collaboration with its partners, is organizing a Climb to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, to raise global awareness on Ending Violence against Women and Girls, in partnership with Africa Union and Kilimanjaro Initiative <>  under the theme ‘Speak Out, Climb Up’.

The 54 participants from each of the African countries, celebrities, members of civil society, UN staff members, private individuals and media are climbing to achieve two major goals:
To raise global awareness on ending violence against Women and Girls in Africa.

Seek concrete national commitments from all African governments to be implemented by 2015 to ending violence against  women and girls.

Greater awareness and action is needed at country level to address issues pertaining to Violence Against Women and Girls by involving various stakeholders who  can continually champion the accelerated response that is required.
By 2015, UNiTE aims to achieve the following six goals Africa wide:

  1. Adopt and enforce national laws to address and punish all forms of violence against women and girls
  2. Adopt and implement multi-sector national action plans
  3. Strengthen data collection on the prevalence of violence against women and girls
  4. Increase public awareness and social mobilization
  5. Address sexual violence in conflict
  6. Safety of women and girls in public space

Mount Kilimanjaro is a giant stratovolcano and is classified as dormant, not extinct. It is the largest of an east-west belt of volcanoes across northern Tanzania. Kilimanjaro started forming about 750,000 years ago.
There are two wet seasons, November to December and (late) March to May. The driest months are August to October. Rainfall decreases rapidly with altitude. 96% of all rain on Kilimanjaro falls below 3000 m. The average yearly rainfall at Marangu Gate (start of Marangu route) is 2300 mm.  Above 4500 m the conditions are desert like. The average yearly rainfall at Kibo Huts (highest hut on Marangu route) is less than 200 mm. The northern side of the mountain is a lot drier than the southern side. January to March is the warmest months.
The Marangu Route will be used for the 5 – 9 March – Africa UNiTE ‘Speak out Climb-up.   The Marangu Route is the oldest route on the mountain and is called the “Coca Cola” route because it offers more amenities than other routes – it has huts/dormitories and very good trails, instead of the need of tents.


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