Singaporean woman adventurer, Eirliani Rahman is aiming to ski 100 miles (161 km) from 13-25 April 2019 to the North Pole to raise awareness on child sexual abuse.
Each day, over 10 days, she will ski about 10 miles (16 km) while dragging a sled with food and gear behind, weighing some 100 lbs (45 kg). The temperature will drop to minus 40 degrees while she's out there in the Arctic hopes to avoid the polar bears! She's been training over the past two winters in Nunavut, in the Canadian Arctic where she battled white out conditions and gale force winds of up to 43 mph (70 kmh). She is the first Singapore national to have circumnavigated the frozen Frobisher Bay in April 2018, skiing 63 miles (101 km) over 5 days, while dragging 190 lbs (86 kg) on a sled.
If she succeeds in skiing to the North Pole, she will be the first Singaporean to do so.
Eirliani is co-founder of YAKIN (Youths, Adult survivors & Kin In Need), which works in the area of child rights and child protection. YAKIN is a member of Twitter’s Safety & Trust Council. She is also Director at the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation. She edited Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi's book "Will for Children" which was published in December 2016. She is co-author of "Survivors: Breaking the Silence on Child Sexual Abuse" which was published by Marshall Cavendish Asia in November 2017, and is now in its second print run.
Eirliani is currently based in Colorado, US, where she has been training.
Eirliani has highlighted that in the US, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys have been sexually abused. According to the US Department of Justice, 100,000 to 300,000 children every year are at risk of being trafficked for sex in the US. In India, every hour, 9 children go missing and 2 children are sexually abused.
She wrote 'Survivors: Breaking the Silence on Child Sexual Abuse' with Prof Daniel Fung, Chairman, Medical Board of the Singapore Institute of Mental Health which was published in November 2017. Over the past year, she has co-organized 12 book readings in 11 cities including at Concordia University in Montreal, NYU Steinhardt and Yale University. Eirliani says, "The adult survivors of child sexual abuse who contributed to the book come with me to these book readings to read excerpts from their respective chapters. It is very powerful to witness their raw emotions, especially that of the male survivors who have been abused at the hands of their mothers or even grandmothers. Often, I see people in the audience crying and afterwards, would speak to me in private about what abuse they've gone through as children. Or I would meet others, including men, who are asking what they can do to help their loved ones who were abused as children. My hope, and the hope of those adult survivors who contributed to the book is that those who have yet to heal can come forward and be inspired by the stories they've heard and read, and for those who are caring for their loved ones who suffered abuse as children, we hope that our respective healing journeys will inspire."
ArmaSkin are proud to be supporting her training and trip to the North Pole. We encourage our readers to also help Eirliani on her quest. You can do this via direct contribution to her GoGetFunding Campaign Importantly you can also encourage her efforts by following her on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and where possible sharing her story with your own followers.
The money raised will go towards the cost of the expedition to the North Pole. She has already raised US$35,000 by using her savings and surrendering an insurance policy. Anything raised beyond $15,500 will go towards YAKIN (Youth, Adult survivors & Kin In Need), a not-for-profit that she set up with Prof Daniel Fung in Singapore.
Follow her journey on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by searching there for @eirliani.