An all-female motorcycle show was held Wednesday in Nili, the capital of Daykundi province, on the occasion of the 16-day campaign to end violence against women.

At least 10 Female motor bikers from Shahristan, Miramor, and Nili districts participated the show.

Marzia Hamdard, head of provincial gender department, told the press, “this play was organized by the provincial administration in cooperation with Oxfam in support of girls who ride motorcycles.”

“By doing this, women in Daikundi said no to the negative customs and traditions of the society and showed that they have the best capacities.”

“Women have the right to access a better, safer, and more open space and to participate in all matters”, Marzia added.

Meanwhile, female bikers welcomed the program and called for motorcycling competitions.”

The girls also asked other families to allow their daughters to join motorcycling sports.

Mohammad Dad, father to one of the female participators, said that girls’ motorcycling is not a disgrace, families should leave their daughters to ride a motorcycle like boys.

In recent years, women have been able to achieve relative freedom through their ongoing struggles, but they still face unsavory customs and traditional beliefs.

Experts believe that in order to improve the livelihood of women and reduce violence, the government should undertake programs to improve the economic situation and self-sufficiency of women and increase the level of awareness in families.

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  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.