Afghan women cyclists riding for freedom
From my column in Communities @ Washington Times
WASHINGTON, DC, March 29, 2013- When asked to describe their bicycle in one word, many cyclists of all kinds use the word “freedom.” Nowhere is this description more appropriate than for the women who make up the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team.
Challenging the long- held cultural belief that a woman cycling is offensive, these dedicated young athletes are standing up to social norms and becoming vehicles of change.
“Daily in Afghanistan, girls risk their lives to go to school, women risk their lives to work in government, the police forces, and even the army. Women activists march in the streets to fight for their rights, knowing that they are making themselves targets,” says Shannon Galpin, currently producing a documentary film about the team. “The women cyclists are doing something very simple that we take for granted, but making a huge statement in a country that doesn’t allow their women to ride bikes.”
Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/world-our-backyard/2013/mar/29/afghan-women-cyclists-riding-freedom/#ixzz2T5EjhZFs
- Teenage cycling prodigy leads Afghan women to new freedoms (dailynightly.nbcnews.com)
- Afghan women are not allowed to cycle! (cyclophily.wordpress.com)
I feel so sorry for women over in the third-world countries. I am happy to see women taking a stand. In many places, they do not even get treated human.
Great story….love the quote by Anthony at the end. I was not familiar with it!