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Women's rights advocate Shannon Galpin speaks at BSC

Posted on 2/14/2013

Shannon Galpin
Shannon Galpin and her one-speed mountain bike in Afghanistan.
Bismarck State College presents an evening with women's rights advocate Shannon Galpin and the work the Bismarck native does in Afghanistan and elsewhere to give women voice.

Her presentation takes place Tuesday, Feb. 26, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sidney J. Lee Auditorium, Schafer Hall.

Galpin's humanitarian mission evolved in large part from two experiences of rape, her own at knife-point in 1993, a year after graduating from Bismarck High School, and later a friend's. The friend's situation was the catalyst to assess her own response, and Galpin decided to act. In 2006, she used her own limited funds to launch Mountain2Mountain, a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers women and girls to be change agents in conflict regions.

Her program spans the story of Mountain2Mountain and its projects, Galpin's courageous, solo bike ride through Afghanistan's dangerous Panjshir Valley, and the summer 2013 launch of a sister organization in the United States - Strength in Numbers. Its mission is to use the mountain bike as outreach for rides and retreats to bring social justice to at-risk women and survivors of violence.

Also on the program is the award-winning documentary, "MoveShake," which features Galpin as part of a series of short films telling personal stories about people creating positive change in the world. The evening ends with a Q&A with audience members.

Galpin was a dancer in Bismarck and Minneapolis before becoming a sports trainer in England. She writes regularly for the Huffington Post and the Matador Network interactive travel magazine. Galpin is writing a book and producing the upcoming documentary with Let Media about the Afghan National Women's Cycling Team.

She has been featured on NBC's "Dateline" and "Today" shows, and in Outside adventure-travel magazine. The National Geographic Society nominated her as a 2013 Adventurer of the Year. Galpin lives in Breckenridge, Colo. Her parents are Loren Galpin and Terry Galpin of Bismarck.

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