Not to toot our own horn but Lebanese people often find ways to break records and challenge biases. Well, young Lebanese architect Ramona Khalifeh just proved she isn’t one to be underestimated or taken lightly.
She takes pride in accomplishing daring feats that people don’t usually associate with women. While mentalities surrounding women and traditional gender roles are taking a turn for the better, oppressive stereotypes still exist in many Lebanese communities.
Impressively enough, Ramona’s athleticism and activism won her a spot on the once-in-a-lifetime deal, and she stepped on to a 14-day journey to Mount Everest, becoming in the process the first hijab-wearing Lebanese to do so.
Ramona is one of a formidable group of Lebanese to attempt the challenge: Maxim Chaaya and Ara Khatchadourian who both actually reached the peak, and Joyce Azzam who is attempting the arduous climb this April.