There is a new bike club in town. Border Free Cycling Club is the latest bike club to form in Kabul, and its founders hope to focus attention on gender equity by forming a mixed gender bike club. Its co-founders are Halima and Hoor, a young woman and young man that believe everyone has the right to ride, and bikes can be a tool for gender equality.
The ripples of each action taken in Afghanistan continue to intersect. Halima helped found the Girl Up bike club that formed in 2014 with Fatima Hadairi who worked with us last summer. While that club was unable to continue past its initial summer due to leadership when Fatima went back to the United States to go to university. Two members in particular have created ripples. The first is Nahid, who is now part of the Afghan National Team. The second, an American university student, Halima has joined forces with fellow peace activist, and a male supporter of gender equity, Hoor Arifi.
They posted an inspiring photo from their first ride. This is a first step, and we are excited to introduce them to Zahra in Bamiyan and the national team in Kabul as they aim to coordinate efforts beyond racing for gender equity and activism on bikes.
The symbol of Border Free and of the Cycling Club by the same name is a blue scarf that is made by Afghan seamstresses. Keep an eye out, you’ll be seeing more of these blue scarves.
photo provided by Border Free Cycling Club