By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff International Women's Day…
“I believe education is extremely important in achieving equality between men and women. When a girl is educated she will be able to make her own decisions and tell her parents that it’s not always about getting married. There are so many other, greater things to do in life..” – Hanane
Hanane Ait Ouakrime is a 22-year-old young woman from Marrakech, Morocco. She was interviewed by two cyclists who are taking an epic cycling adventure from Amsterdam to Cape Town for a grassroots view on the priorities of young people and the position of women in society!
“My motorcycle gives me the freedom to go wherever I want. When I am driving it, I feel strong. I feel like I am in control. When traffic is busy there is always a spot for me. I signal to people in cars they should stop for me and they always do.”
This wonderful woman is already booming on UN Women, Humans of My World and United Nations Millennium Campaign! She told Jilt and Teun on their cycling journey:
“I am educated and I can make my own decisions. Many girls in Morocco do not have the support from their families to make their own decisions. Their family decides for them. Luckily my family supports me in everything I do.”
The Building Bridges Foundation is a non-profit foundation established in the Netherlands. Their mission is to picture the post-2015 agenda from a different perspective. A perspective that focuses on the priorities of young people and women on the grassroots level and their vision of the world in 2030. To connect, share and inspire.
Some info about the cycle adventure:
Departs Amsterdam: February, 23th 2015
Arrives in Cape Town: August, 12th 2015
➢ 17.000+ kilometres
➢ 170 days
➢ 21 countries
➢ 2 continents
Thanks to Building Bridges for this inspiring story.
Join the epic cycling adventure from Amsterdam to Cape Town for a grassroots view on the priorities of young people and the position of women in society!