8.05.2015

Women Cycling: 'Shirzanan' Riding Iowa

There is an article HERE:

In Short:

1. Seven Muslim women from around the world rode across Iowa as a way of "promoting female sports participation as a fundamental right" against cultural stigma in their countries.
2. Team is named 'Shirzanan': a Persian word meaning “female heroes”.
3. The race is Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa: a "470-mile ride, featuring 8,500 cyclists, began July 19 and finishes July 25." 
4. Founder is Mara Gubuan, an Iowa native. 
5. The team includes Raha Moharrak, the first Saudi woman to scale Mount Everest: she learned how to ride a bike just a few months ago! "I never set out to be this role model. But if living by example can show young girls all over the world, in general, and Muslim women in specific, that you are capable of doing what you set out to do -- whether it's climbing a mountain or riding a bicycle at my age -- then we have done a great thing."

Let me add that Islam itself has nothing against women doing sport. Some men do, in many different countries and cultures. Just remember that top women cyclists get salaries and money prises lower than their male collegues... 

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