Bolivian 'Cholitas' scale mountains in skirts

Bolivian 'Cholitas' scale mountains in skirts

Location: La Paz, Bolivia

The indigenous group known as Cholitas Escaladoras Maya

scaled Bolivia's highest peak, the Sajama Mountain

to defy gender stereotypes and empower other women

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CHOLITAS ESCALADORAS LEADER, LIA GONZALEZ, SAYING:"Since last year we've had the dream of reaching Bolivia's highest peak, the Sajama, that is 6,542 metres above sea level. We've spent four days and three nights in the national park and the ascent was very hard, it took us 30 hours more or less."

"We are going to empower women, transmitting this strength through sports, and we'll keep breaking the mould. Mountain sports used to be only for men but now women practice them too. Cholitas Escaladoras Maya will push for this and we have a lot of work to do."

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