On Friday, the Italian radio station, RAI2 hosted a press conference in Milan, announcing the formal nomination of the bike for the Nobel Peace Prize. They launched a campaign months ago to get enough signatures for a nomination. The really beautiful part? They chose the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team as the human representation of the bike’s power of social justice and activism.
The bike has been a vehicle for human rights for over a century, since American women first started riding and soon the bike became the symbol for the suffragette movement. The Afghan women that dare to ride as part of the national team have shown that the bike equals freedom.
The Nobel Peace Prize nomination recognizes the bravery, the courage, and the ability of these women to take back the streets and their rights on bikes. These young women, and the women like them now riding in other parts of Afghanistan, are on the front lines of a gender revolution on two wheels.
A bike relay set off from Milan to carry the nomination to Oslo, Norway to present the nomination to the Nobel Peace Prize committee by bike. We believe that bikes are a vehicle for social justice, and that they can be tools for gender equity and social activism. We couldn’t be prouder to see the bike’s recognition and the recognition of the Afghan women that ride.
photo by Deni Bechard