Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Feminism, cycling, and the pursuit of peace
In September last year 200 women rode through Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine on a unique bicycle ride.
Traveling through war zones, the ride aims to raise international awareness of the impact of violence in the Middle East particularly on the lives of women and children, as well as promote understanding of how violence in that region affects people everywhere. One goal of the ride is to inspire and empower participants to take active roles in peace-making. Another goal was to promote the bicycle as the ultimate vehicle of peace, using no fossil fuels and promoting freedom of movement.
The objective was to bring women together from many cultures, creating a common learning experience and fostering mutual understanding.
Anyone interested in the 10-day April 2007 trip should email Colleen McGuire at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a $150 EURO registration fee that covers food, lodging, transportation (some bus trips), and visa costs for countries visited. Participants pay their own airfare and bring/rent a bicycle.