Waking Lions: Empowering Women + Bridging Cultures in Afghanistan

Via on Feb 2, 2011


To what lengths would you go to challenge stereotypes and bridge cultures? In 2006 Shannon Galpin, a single mom from Breckenridge, Colorado with no experience in aid work, sold her home and flew to Kabul, Afghanistan with the goal of empowering the women and children of that region.

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“I am tired and I have said ‘Enough’. I am not going to sit on the sidelines and allow atrocities to happen against women.”


In the five years since, she has made a surprisingly large impact on the ground in Afghanistan with her non-profit Mountain 2 Mountain and sparked controversy in the US about her grassroots approach. In 2010 she became the first woman to cycle across the Panjshir Valley to challenge stereotypes of women and to highlight the region’s beauty. Waking Lions explores what it means to be an aid worker and what it takes to challenge stereotypes and perceptions.

“That’s what I would want to set an example for my own daughter, that she had a mother that stood up for what is right.”


About Emily Nuchols

An eco warrior obsessed with traveling and promoting conservation, Emily is the co-founder of Under Solen Media and the team's go-to girl for everything non-profit and environment related. Armed with a B.A in Environmental Journalism from Western Washington University, she has spent the last few years on the frontlines of conservation efforts, working to save Pacific Northwest wild salmon and restore flee-flowing rivers. When she’s not talking or writing about the environment, she’s out exploring it, and is known to seek out places where she can get in a good morning yoga session or trail run.

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