Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A vehicle of change for girls and women

Something Susan B. Anthony said in 1896 is true today in Afghanistan. "The bicycle has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance." In Afghanistan, women are struggling to achieve equal rights with men. It's not illegal for girls to ride bikes, but it's almost a moral crime for which women can be jailed. If a man sees a woman riding a bike, he might try to push her over. Now an initiative called Afghan Cycles is making the bike a vehicle of change.

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Afghan Cycles is a feature-length documentary telling the stories of brave women who dare to appear on bicycles. These women are becoming catalysts for change in their communities. The movie shows how the bike is empowering Afghan women and girls. To learn more about this little-known and very worthy cause, and see a 2-minute trailer for the inspiring film due out in 2016, visit /www.kickstarter.com/projects/letmedia/afghan-cycles-breaking-barriers-on-two-wheels

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