Challenging Gender ‘norms’ with Cycling: Kabul, Afghanistan
Bicycles as tools of liberation.
Why did you focus on bike riding?
It’s kind of cliche, but it’s really important for a woman to be able to get somewhere without a male’s help.
There are so many girls in Afghanistan who can’t afford to drive to school so they walk for hours. But they can use a bicycle. First, it’s not that expensive, and second it’s a kind of sport. There aren’t many opportunities for women to exercise. So biking serves multiple purposes. I don’t know who said this, but I think women on wheels is the start of women’s independence.