Activist To Climb World’s Highest Mountain – Her Sixth of Seven Summits -  in Support of Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo

February 15, 2011 – Activist and climber Georgina Miranda, who set out in 2008 to climb the highest mountain on each continent to raise awareness for the plight of women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), will attempt to summit her sixth mountain - the world’s highest, Mount Everest.

On April 1, Miranda will begin her trek to Everest Base Camp, where she will stay for two months to acclimate to the altitude and attempt to reach the 8,850 meters to the top. Only 37 women have completed all seven summits and only 13 of those women are from the United States. McKinney Rogers, the international business consultancy where Miranda works, has sponsored half of the climbing costs for Everest as well as a charitable donation to support the women of DRC, where 20 years of fighting has led to massive displacement and what is likely the most rampant epidemic of rape in the world.

“Three years ago, I embarked on a campaign that combined one of my personal dreams - the seven summits - with a cause that I felt more people in the world needed to support and know about,” says Miranda. “Today, I am trying to mentally prepare for Everest and I hope that this climb will engage more people to become activists for the women of DRC.”

Georgina’s campaign, “Climb Take Action,” seeks to raise funds and awareness around the epidemic of rape in DRC. Funds raised through Miranda’s climbs support International Medical Corps’ programs that help the women of DRC, such as sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and treatment, nutritional support, and mental health care. Funds raised through the Everest climb will be divided equally between International Medical Corps and another organization, VDAY, which is working to help women in DRC.

In the past three years, Miranda has summited Russia’s Mount Elbrus (5,642 m), Australia’s Mount Kosciuszko (2,228 m), Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895 m), North America’s Mt. Denali (6,194 m), and South America’s Aconcagua (6,962 m). After Everest, she will move onto her final climb, Vinson Massif (4,897 m) in Antarctica. She also plans to climb Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid (4,884 m) in 2012, so that she will have completed both versions of the so-called “Seven Summits.”

International Medical Corps has worked in DRC since 1999 to provide health care, nutrition, food security, GBV prevention and treatment, and water/sanitation services. In partnership with USAID, International Medical Corps has launched two programs to address GBV in eastern DRC, one to provide critical services to survivors of GBV, and the other to prevent GBV through behavior change communication. Over the next five years, International Medical Corps will target over one million people in the region with messaging aimed at ending GBV and providing information and services for survivors.

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Georgina Miranda Bio

In 2007, Georgina Miranda, an adventurer at heart and committed leader in social responsibility, founded "Climb Take Action," a campaign dedicated to raising funds and awareness around the epidemic of rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where 20 years of relentless fighting has led to massive displacement and what is likely the most rampant epidemic of rape in the world. In her campaign, Georgina is climbing the seven summits, the highest mountain on each continent, including the highest in the world, Mount Everest. Funds raised through her campaign will go to support both International Medical Corps and VDAY, two organizations  working in DRC to help women and children and stop the cycle of violence.

Georgina is currently a Management Consultant for the international business consultancy, McKinney Rogers, and has a diverse business background across various functions and industries. She has held roles in Fortune 100 companies such as Raytheon and Johnson and Johnson and currently advises clients such as Walmart and Bacardi in the areas of Strategy Execution and High Performing Team Development.

A Los Angeles native, Georgina now resides in San Francisco. She received a Master of Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

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