“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.
Six years ago, Shannon Galpin walked away from her career as an athletic trainer and used her own limited funds to launch Mountain2Mountain and “be the change” she wished to see in the world. Today, Shannon and the M2M team, are just returning from their latest trip to Afghanistan where they launched the Streets of Afghanistan project and rode bicycles through Kabul to raise awareness of cultural barriers and empower women and girls in conflict regions.
As big supporters of Shannon and the M2M work she does, we’re happy to stay in touch with her and get period updates throughout her travels. That said, we’re also excited to share what she has to show and tell from those very journeys, the latest of which center around the Streets of Afghanistan project. Here’s the latest from Shannon both in words and in pictures. Enjoy!
“Yesterday we had the finale show of the Streets of Afghanistan exhibition at the Sound Central music festival — its up for four days throughout the incredible four-day alternative music festival. Yesterday was the women’s only day to kick off the festival, where young Afghan school girls attended the festival for slam poetry, a fashion show, Afghan rap duo, Afghan singer songwriter, Ariana Delwari, and White City — fronted by my long time friend, advisor, and founder of Sound Central, Travis Beard. We brought three members of the cycling team to watch the concert and to help with the M2M Bike School.
All in all a full day. Streets exhibition set up and finale show at Sound Central Festival, M2M bike school and rock concert, finished with filming at Darul Aman Palace. Whitney, the co-director of Afghan cycles is leaving today, and then our crew is just a duo until we leave. Whitney has been amazing, and creates a sense of community, friendship, and openness wherever we go, she interacts with the Afghans we meet with grace, humor, and authenticity that I have rarely seen. Her infectious laugh combined with everyone’s exhaustion at the end of the long days makes for a slap-happy crew.
Exhaustion is starting to take hold, but perhaps that will just make the plane ride home go quicker as we sleep our way home.”
Here at Osprey, we’re proud to support the work of people making this world a better place. One of those people is Shannon Galpin. Shannon founded Mountain2Mountain in 2006 to help empower and give a voice to the women and girls of Afghanistan. Two years ago, she biked across the country in an effort to raise awareness and funds.
Tomorrow, the filmmakers at Red Reel are launching a series called MoveShake, that features Shannon and other movers and shakers around the world…
Osprey’s Shannon Hahn Climbing Against the Odds: Donate to The Breast Cancer Fund to Stop Cancer Before It Starts
Durango native and Osprey’s own Shannon Hahn will celebrate the summer solstice by climbing California’s snow-covered, 14,179-foot Mount Shasta, the second highest volcano in the United States with a team of women from across the country to raise money for breast cancer prevention.
Silverton brings me back to what skiing was like as a kid — no frills, no heat, no fancy food, but great skiing with great friends. Again this year, we had several feet of powder… I’m knocking on wood as we speak.
The Breast Cancer Fund’s Climb Against the Odds, an extraordinary mountain expedition and journey for breast cancer prevention, has finally arrived!
After months of training and fundraising, 34 women and men, survivors and those touched by the disease, are finally ready to challenge the 14,179-foot Mt. Shasta. One of our own, Rocky Mountain sales rep, Leta Sharpe is part of the team climbing this week. Please cheer her and the other members of the group on throughout the week!
Join the expedition June 19-25 on our blog, Inside Prevention.
Interested in joining next year’s climb? Contact the Breast Cancer Fund here.
It takes an army.
“Not a military one. An army of women. A battalion of passionate mothers, daughters, and sisters that are milling to sacrifice time, money, and energy to be crusaders of gender equality and human rights… An army of committed women can change the world.”
In 2006 Shannon Galpin, a single mom from Breckenridge, Colorado with no experience in aid work,
sold her home and flew to Kabul, Afghanistan with the goal of empowering the women and children of that region.
“I am tired and I have said ‘Enough’. I am not going to sit on the sidelines and allow atrocities to happen against women.”