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Silvia Vasquez-Lavado        

Peruvian-American Explorer & Mountaineer; Author; Survivor of Sexual Violence; Founder and CEO of Courageous Girls

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is Vasquez-Lavado is a humanitarian, mountaineer, explorer, social entrepreneur, and author of the critically acclaimed Memoir "In The Shadow of the Mountain.”

In 2016, Vasquez-Lavado became the first Peruvian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal. By 2018, she completed climbing the 7 Summits (known as the tallest mountain on each continent), becoming the first openly gay woman to do so.

Vasquez-Lavado founded Courageous Girls, an organization helping survivors of sexual abuse and trafficking with opportunities to find strength, courage and cultivate their voice.

Vasquez-Lavado is a fierce advocate for LGTBQ+ equality, women's rights, and abuse survivors. Her achievements made her an Ambassador in Peru and a symbol of women's empowerment worldwide. Vasquez-Lavado is a member of the prestigious Explorers Club, a sought-out public speaker, and a passionate mentor.

"In The Shadow of The Mountain" is being turned into a feature film featuring Selena Gomez as Silvia.

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