EPL Prediction Competition 2018-2019 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Pakistan’s women motorcyclists ditch the side saddle

PAKISTAN: Perched proudly on their brand new pink motorcycles, the recruits take to the road, the latest batch of women to demolish boundaries set for them by men in Pakistan.

culturereligiontransport
By AFP

Saturday 26 May 2018, 11:15AM


It is not uncommon to see women on motorcycles in Pakistan but they usually take the side-saddle position behind a male driver. Photo: AFP

It is not uncommon to see women on motorcycles in Pakistan but they usually take the side-saddle position behind a male driver. Photo: AFP

It is not uncommon to see women on motorcycles in Pakistan – but usually they are sat in the dangerous side-saddle position behind a male driver and, often, several other passengers.

A woman straddling a bike to drive it herself is another thing entirely, an image that is still taboo in many parts of the deeply conservative Muslim country, where gender discrimination is routine.

But as part of a wave of women’s empowerment movements, the government of Punjab province is running “Women on Wheels”, a campaign that has trained scores of women to ride motorbikes in the last two years while raising awareness of gender-based violence and street harassment.

The importance of the issue is underscored by recent studies showing that some 75% of Pakistani women do not participate in the labour market, mainly due to a lack of transport.

“The aim is to basically empower women for their mobility because economic independence and economic empowerment depends on mobility,” Salman Sufi, director-general of the Punjab strategic reforms unit, said.

QSI International School Phuket

“So we are giving 3,000 bikes, we have trained over 3,500 girls in all of Punjab and this is going to go on until we reach a target of around 10,000 plus.”

On May 13, the latest batch of dozens of new riders set out to challenge perceptions in Lahore.

“We’re becoming... independent,” rider Nageena Waseem said, adding that their new skills will allow them to do “everything which we want. Otherwise we were dependent on another person”.

Activist Nighat Dad said the women were “reclaiming these spaces”, adding that it was a “big big win for women today”.

“Today is a good day for us,” agreed another rider, Tallat Shaheen. “The purpose (is) to bring these girls together... (so) that they be independent and can feel confident and can go and work alongside men.”

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
More Phuket monkeys to be sterilised next month

I see plenty of 'monkeys' around here that need sterilizing. Mostly they're driving cars...(Read More)


Phuket to hold mass merit-making event for Phoenix victims

Correct. I find all patriarchal myth religions to be offensive lies concocted to control women, mos...(Read More)


More Phuket monkeys to be sterilised next month

Euthanize these monkeys. Animals do not care about death. I've stood right next to horses bein...(Read More)


Truck driver blames reckless tourist for motorbike slam

Why are men such careless drivers? Has anyone ever crunched the numbers on accidents? It seems that ...(Read More)


Motorbike rider killed in Phuket pickup ‘pull out’ manoeuvre

This pulling out to the left w/o looking is - to me, the most dangerous of all the bad driving pract...(Read More)


Phuket to hold mass merit-making event for Phoenix victims

It was a memorial service, no one made "merit". Stated goal -as you would have seen on the...(Read More)


More Phuket monkeys to be sterilised next month

More next month??? Why did they stop with the sterilisation program they started in June?...(Read More)


More Phuket monkeys to be sterilised next month

No need to swim from Koh Siray to Phuket.They can use the bridge.Apart from that Phuket is separated...(Read More)


Patong Police chief assures corruption officer suspects in exile, dissolves police volunteers unit

There is no one who has any confidence or trust neither the police or the volunteers in the Patong o...(Read More)