“Nothing is possible without the participation of females today.”
In Afghanistan, females riding bikes is still considered taboo, and is hardly considered a given right. But some brave women are working very hard to change that by way of the Women’s National Cycling Team of Afghanistan. From Vimeo:
“Afghan Cycles introduces the first women to ride bikes in the country, illustrating the gender and social barriers that the team is breaking, one pedal stroke at a time. Highlighting 4 of the 12 teammates, we look at their lives on and off the bike. From training on dangerous trucking highways to following them through a typical day in Kabul, the film shares the intimate story of these brave and passionate young women who feel free when they are on their bikes in an otherwise oppressive culture.”
Check out the trailer for this short documentary film above, and take a minute to peruse the new Afghan Cycles website too.
Here at Osprey, we’re huge supporters of Shannon Galpin, who has created an epic movement with Mountain 2 Mountain, and who is actively moving mountains in Afghanistan by giving women and girls in conflict areas a voice — the catalyst for social change. Let’s all take a minute to listen to what Shannon has to say in her TEDx talk: Two-Wheeled Revolution, in which she explains how the bicycle is a vehicle for social justice, and shares her experiences and work in Afghanistan creating the Afghan Women’s National Cycling Team.
Among the many organizations Pedaling Change in our world, 88bikes is one of our favorites. The organization, founded in 2006, operates to attain one goal: “To provide a sustainable, joyful empowering form of transportation to young people in developing countries, in situations where these children have been challenged to be their own heroes due to war, conflict, poverty, disease, or other regional hardships.”
88bikes has personally — done in-person by the founders — delivered over two thousand bikes to thousands of children around the globe, and continues to do so. The organization’s recently launched project, called Project Asha, will take place this summer, and will see to it that several hundred bikes make their way to girls who have been victims of human trafficking.
Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each Friday. Every month, we’ll be choosing a theme that fits with the Osprey lifestyle. Since we were so excited for the launch of our bike blog last month, we decided to continue with that theme for all of October. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!
Today is Blog Action Day — an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action. This year’s topic is water.
Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us. And we think that’s something worth talking about. Since we’ve observed Fridays this month to talk about bikes, we thought we could combine the two…