#GirlsOnBikes: Movement To Reclaim Public Spaces For Women

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The third annual bike rally organised by Girls at Dhabas took place on Sunday. The initiative aims to assert a woman’s right to navigate and therefore reclaim public spaces on her terms.  

The event encourages women from across the country to challenge the stereotype that it is inappropriate for a woman to exercise her freedom of mobility.

The rally dates back to Aneeqa Ali, a cyclist in Lahore who was harassed and injured for riding her bike. The event triggered encouraged women to come together and protest their right of freedom.

The positive response to the rally led to women cyclist chapters to be formed in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad simultaneously. The Islamabad chapter is led by Meharbano Raja in collaboration with CYKIQ, a Nust student start up which provided bicycles for rent.

The hour and a half bicycle ride started from Attaturk Avenue in the evening and went down main Margalla Road, the F-6 Markaz and then to the starting point again. The rally consisted of about 30 or 40 women of all age groups, nationalities and with varying cycling skills.

 

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