Rhiane Fatinikun is the founder of Black Girls Hike, a charitable organisation she set up following a train ride through the Peak District which inspired her to take up hiking.
Since her first post on Instagram in January 2019, asking for other black women to join her, her community has skyrocketed. She now has regional groups including London and the Midlands and is providing opportunities for her member to gain mountain leading skills and qualifications. Rhiane is a passionate advocate for increasing representation in outdoor spaces and has spoken widely in the media, highlighting the issues faced by black women in accessing outdoors spaces.
In this interview, Rhiane speak openly and powerfully about the challenges she has encountered in becoming an advocate for her community, the benefits she has experienced, the need for psychological safety and what we all need to do to ensure that the outdoors is a more inclusive and welcoming space.
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