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Bachendri mounts celluloid peak

- UN and EU choose climber as film subject

Ace climber Bachendri Pal is scaling new heights in 2014.

UN Women and Delegation of the European Union to India have joined hands to make a short film on Bachendri, the first Indian woman to scale Mount Everest.

The film will be screened at a daylong conference to mark International Women’s Day at Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on March 10.

Bachendri received a letter in this regard from Rebecca Reichmann Tavares, UN Women’s representative for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka on Tuesday morning.

“I feel honoured that a film on me will be screened at the conference. The event will train the lens on individuals and organisations that have played a pivotal role in upholding women’s rights. I have given my consent for shooting of the film,” Bachendri told The Telegraph.

Since the mountaineer is leaving for Uttar Kashi on February 27 for conducting Tata Steel Adventure Foundation’s summer outdoor leadership programme, the film will be shot between February 22 and 25.

Bachendri said she was looking forward to her stint before the camera. “I often organise outdoor expeditions for women as a confidence building measure. I want homemakers to move beyond the kitchens and live their life to the fullest,” she said.

The film will be screened at the conference to stimulate discussions on women empowerment. Later, it will be shown at various educational institutions across the country to motivate youngsters and help them overcome gender stereotypes, paving the way for a better society.

The conference will also see panel discussions on issues pertaining to women rights and presentations by outfits working in the field. A photo exhibition on successful individuals will also be held.

About 200 participants, including parliamentarians, representatives of EU member states, women’s rights organisations and activists will attend the event.