In international news, an all-female cycling marathon took place in Mosul, Iraq for the first time. Participants and organizers are advocating for more women to ride bicycles.
“I participated to overcome the obstacles in Mosul, the idea that girls cannot go around freely. I want to break this barrier and show that a girl can be free, that she can go and wear whatever she wants. And that when a girl rides a bicycle, no one should criticize her, by saying it is inappropriate because she is a girl. Our society is complicated, girls are not given their full freedom, everything is for the boys.”
Each participant received a training bike as a gift
The story is reminiscent of the Afghanistan women’s cycling that was covered a few years ago.