Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala

We are delighted to welcome climber and women’s rights activist Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala to the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala is the first Sri Lankan, and first Sri Lankan woman, to summit Mount Everest (8,848m/29,030ft), a double record she achieved at 5:03am on the 21st  May 2016.

Jayanthi is a mountaineering professional and women’s rights advocate.

Her passion for adventure is balanced with her passion for gender equality. Since 2003, she has been professionally involved with the sport of rock climbing as an instructor, while simultaneously working full-time as a women’s rights advocate.

Jayanthi holds a Master’s Degree in Gender Studies from the University of Sussex, UK.

Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala at FGLF 2017

Don’t miss meeting Jayanthi at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017. Her events will be announced in November 2016 … Please click the FOLLOW button below to receive email updates as festival news and announcements are published.