Tempe pastor to climb Africa's tallest mountain to raise awareness of gender violence

A Valley pastor is on a mission to make a difference for women and girls around the world by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, in hopes of raising money and awareness for victims of violence.

Pastor Kyle Glenn is one of 12 men taking part in the climb from March 1 through 14, and it is no easy feat. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, and it will take the group days to get to the top.

"It's five nights, 21 miles, and 19,340 feet," Glenn.

Glenn, who is a pastor for Sun Valley Community Church's Tempe campus, said it's worth every step, if it helps shed light on women and girls who are affected by gender violence.

"We're going on a climb, but it's not really about the climb," said Glenn. "It's about giving women and girls all around the world know their worth and the value that they have."

The group is hoping to make a difference for victims of sexual and gender-based violence, whose voices often go unheard.

"Most common cases of gender-based violence are rape and murder, but also consist of sex trafficking, bride kidnappings, acid attacks," said Glenn.

Glenn says as a husband and father of three girls, he is hoping to raise awareness and funds to support programs for women and girls - around the world.

"Gender based violence predominantly happens when men use their power and influence to abuse women and girls," said Glenn.

Glenn is partnering with a non-profit called "We International", and the money raised will be used to support programs for women and children around the world who are victims of gender violence.