The Kilimanjaro glacier viewed from Uhuru peak. Getty images
To mark Women's Day celebrations - a group of 18 women climbed Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa to raise funds for a women's academy.
"These women are over-coming their physical limitations so that others can conquer their own daily 'mountains'. The outcome of this six-day climb will be the raising of funds for an ORT SA Women's Empowerment Academy. The academy is designed to give women the tools with which to empower themselves to earn their own living," said ORT SA spokeperson Marcelle Ravid.
These women who come from different backgrounds will be raising funds to empower vulnerable women. "We want to give women skills so that they can support themselves and not wait for food parcels and hand outs," Ravid added.
Robyn Smookler, team leader and head of ORT SA's Women's Empowerment Division said: "Instead of feeling indebted to others they should become contributors.
It is our great hope that as a result of the funds raised from this climb, we will be able to create a full Women's Academy offering computer training, financial and budgeting workshops, self esteem and motivational training, we will inspire all women to break through their fears and embrace their unlimited potential."