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Many Afghan Girls Are Not Allowed To Ride Bicycles, So ‘Skateistan’ Empowers Them With Skateboarding
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Photography, Social Issues7 years ago

Many Afghan Girls Are Not Allowed To Ride Bicycles, So ‘Skateistan’ Empowers Them With Skateboarding

Skateistan, an innovative NGO in Kabul founded to empower Afghan children (and especially young girls), teaches children to skateboard as a gateway to get them more involved in education. In a tribute to these children’s struggles, UK-based photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson created a photo series portraying the girls learning to skateboard at the NGO’s branch in Kabul (it has since spread to Cambodia and South Africa).

In many Afghan communities, it is customary to forbid women from riding bicycles. Skateboarding, then, becomes an empowering activity that gives these girls a source of physical exercise, empowerment, and some plain and simple fun.

More info: skateistan.org | jessicafd.com | saatchigallery.com (h/t: featureshoot)

In Afghanistan, many girls are forbidden to ride bicycles

The Skateistan organization empowers girls through skateboarding

Over 50% of their students are streetworking children and over 40% of them are girls

Skateboarding gives them a fun activity that empowers them and serves as a gateway to other engagements, like education

Jessica Fulford-Dobson’s photos capture the joy these girls feel while skateboarding…

…and their new-found sense of empowerment

Skateistan was founded in 2007 by Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich

Since then, it has spread to Cambodia and South Africa as well

On September 8th, 2012, 4 members of Skateistan were killed in a suicide bombing at a NATO facility in Kabul

But even such tragedies haven’t stopped these children from enjoying the playtime that they deserve

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odia
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7 years ago

You know girls riding bikes is the first step toward a country becoming a matriarchy.

earringnut
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7 years ago

a -3? some people don't know sarcasm when they read it.

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misguidedFer
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7 years ago

They look so badaas! :D

2391823371
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6 years ago

skateboarding is awesome and this is the best act of rebellion i have ever seen but it makes no sense why they cant ride bikes.... i seriously dont get tha.

DariaB
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6 years ago

I'm not sure either, but I guess it has to do with virginity values risen to absurd heights, or something like this. If anyone knows better, please, explain.

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odia
Community Member
7 years ago

You know girls riding bikes is the first step toward a country becoming a matriarchy.

earringnut
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7 years ago

a -3? some people don't know sarcasm when they read it.

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misguidedFer
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7 years ago

They look so badaas! :D

2391823371
Community Member
6 years ago

skateboarding is awesome and this is the best act of rebellion i have ever seen but it makes no sense why they cant ride bikes.... i seriously dont get tha.

DariaB
Community Member
6 years ago

I'm not sure either, but I guess it has to do with virginity values risen to absurd heights, or something like this. If anyone knows better, please, explain.

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