Many Afghan Girls Are Not Allowed To Ride Bicycles

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 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.

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

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

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

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…and their new-found sense of empowerment

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Skateistan was founded in 2007 by Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich

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

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

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

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Afghan-Skateboard-girl

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