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National Geographic names Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team Adventurers of the Year!
To show your support and help the women that dare to ride in Kabul and beyond continue to break barriers, please donate today!
In 2009, Shannon became the first woman to ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan in an effort to challenge perceptions of gender barriers and show a different side of Afghanistan back home. Using the mountain bike as a vehicle for social justice with survivors of gender violence to create a ripple of change through our communities.
This has been our focus for the past 2 ½ years. It started in October 2012 with a chance meeting with the coach and the captain of the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team. Three gear deliveries, training camps, and endless rides around Kabul and Bamiyan with the national team, led us to meet other groups of girls beginning to ride and set up clubs or teams. We have focused all our energies to this program and are excited to work to bring the girls to the US next summer.
This program includes our Afghan Cycling Program, but it also includes other program like this. We’d like to tell you more, but you’re going to have to be patient as this page isn’t finished yet!
2016 will be the third year for our Global Solidarity Ride. This was created as way to show your solidarity with the Afghan women that dare to ride. In the year we had over 70 rides in 14 different countries. In 2016 we are changing the date to coincide with a visit from some of the Afghan cyclists we work with so that they can join one of the rides in the US. We are also partnering with JustGiving to create a fundraising aim with this year’s event.
Afghan Cycles is the upcoming feature length documentary by Let Media about the Afghan women changing their culture and breaking barriers on two wheels. Premiering in 2016, this film has been following the real time evolution of women’s cycling in Afghanistan since 2013. We are excited to be the film’s non profit partner and to help roll it out with private and public screenings, bike in events, and fundraisers. www.afghancycles.com
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M2M has launched projects across Afghanistan to create opportunities that were unimaginable ten years ago. Your donation enables action. You can click ‘like’ and ‘share’ all you want, but in the end, action requires financial funding. Just like any business, for profit or nonmprofit, we cannot do the work we do without dollars in our bank account. No one can. So thanks for clicking on this page, we’ll take that to mean you’re already ready to put in your credit card information and be part of the action.
Women’s Empowerment & Rights
Almost 60% of girls are married by 16. Women activists say up to 80 percent of marriages in poor rural areas are either forced or arranged.
Financial Resources for Empowerment
Schools for girls have been burned down, hundreds of teachers educating girls have been threatened or killed, and girls and have been physically harmed while attending or walking to or from school.
Physical & Mental Health Empowerment
Hidden and isolated. Islamic extremists insist women and girls stay at home, and can only leave if they are fully covered and accompanied by a male relative.
85% of women have no formal education and are illiterate. Married girls do not continue their education and remain illiterate.
Take A Closer Look at Our Impact
M2M has launched projects across Afghanistan to create opportunities that were unimaginable ten years ago. We are a very small organization, which means we can do more with less, and we can move in ways other NGO’s cannot. We’re more activist than aid worker. That allows us to move towards what is needed and what inspires us to act, and when needed, to adapt.
We believe in the power of voice as a catalylst for change.
We believe in the power of our common humanity.
We believe in advancing peace and global prosperity by connecting cultures and communities.
We believe that women and girls are the most underutilized resource in the world.
We believe womens rights are human rights and women and men need to be part of the solution.
We believe in respecting the history and culture of every community.
We believe in community based, sustainable solutions that come from within.”