Egyptian women mobilize to break a taboo
Egyptian female bikers take part in a motorcycle event in Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 1, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)
Women of different ages ride their motorcycles and scooters for about 30 km on the Cairo-Suez highway on October 1, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)
Dozens of Egyptian bikers dotted a highway in the capital Cairo to encourage more women to take the plunge and get on two wheels. (Photo: Xinhua)
Dozens of Egyptian female bikers dotted a highway in the capital of Cairo to encourage more women to take the plunge and get on two wheels.
During a one-day event, women of different ages rode motorbikes and scooters approximately 30 km on the Cairo-Suez highway to spread the message that women can ride motorcycles like men .
“Today’s event aims to bring a large number of women to the road so that people can see us riding easily as men do,” Wala Zouhier, organizer of the event, told Xinhua. the event and owner of a motorcycle training academy.
“We want to unite women for friendship and support while riding on the road,” said the young woman, who heads an initiative to encourage women to ride motorcycles and scooters.
Zouhier stressed that the ride will also promote the idea that women have the mental and physical abilities to own and ride a motorcycle.
“We want to break a taboo and help women use motorcycles and scooters as a means of transportation,” she said, “the number of female motorcyclists is increasing rapidly now and more and more girls are ready to know how to ride a motorcycle or scooter. “
For Heba Ahmed, a radiologist who recently obtained her scooter license, group riding is an exciting experience she dreamed of.
She revealed that it was rare for Egyptians to see women riding motorcycles. However, she said the biker phenomenon is growing in the North African country.
“People are starting to accept that women ride motorcycles … male drivers on the road show us respect and I personally have not been harassed while driving,” Ahmed told Xinhua as she sat on the road. his scooter.
“I go to work on a scooter and people are not surprised … it helps me arrive on time when there is a traffic jam. My colleagues like the idea and some of my female colleagues are seriously thinking about learning. to ride a scooter. “
Heba Abdelhamid, a middle-aged employee in an international company, uses her scooter every day to get around.
“I drive about 40 km every day … it saves me time because I live in a crowded city center,” she told Xinhua after the ride.
She said her family members, especially her husband, welcomed the idea, adding that she also received great support from people on the road.
“Riding a motorcycle or a scooter gives you freedom and I really like that,” Abdelhamid told Xinhua, smiling.