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Karen Cook

All I have to worry about is flat tires and crazy drivers...

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/02/03/684438571/women-who-dare-to-bicycle-in-pakistan



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2 weeks ago
Mike AylingTo Karen Cook

...unless you are planning to tour in Pakistan, Karen.

Gotta keep those women in their place!

Seriously I have no idea how to educate those indoctrinated males in some of those muslim countries.

OTOH here in suburban Melbourne there is a liberal Muslim group called the Ismaillis who recently contacted our St Vincent de Paul Conference offering to donate food to us for our charitable works. They also have a bagpipes band which performs at local functions including our recent Australia day gathering. The Ismailli women do not cover their heads.

Yet in other parts of Melbourne you can see Muslim women wearing the head to foot black ensembles with a slit for the eyes.

Mike

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2 weeks ago
Jean-Marc StrydomTo Karen Cook

I'm not sure that I can take all of that article at face value.

One of my cycle touring acquaintances is a young Christian Chinese Malaysian woman.  The year before last she cycled solo through rural Pakistan without any apparent problems.    In fact, my recollections are that she was warmly welcomed wherever she went.  She spent some of her time givings maths lessons at schools along the way to both girl and boy learners .  I'll see if I can get her to read the article and comment on it versus her experiences.

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2 weeks ago
Jean-Marc StrydomTo Jean-Marc Strydom

My friend's reponse:


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Northern Pakistan differs greatly from the rest of Pakistan. A lot more liberal in the north, they are Ismailis, a Islamic sect as opposed to Sunni in the majority of Pakistan.
Women are given more status and recognition in the north. And women are more educated there too. That’s why I didn’t encounter any problems in the north.
But the more south I rode ie towards Islamabad, the more conservative society becomes. At the city of Abbottabad, for example, I felt very unsafe coz there were hardly any women on the streets. I saw just 2 women and they were covered black from head to toe. Only eyes were exposed. And the men were just staring very hard at me. Makes me very uncomfortable

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So maybe I should eat my words.

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2 weeks ago
Karen CookTo Jean-Marc Strydom

That's okay :-)

Honestly, I did not AT ALL mean for this to be a commentary on Pakistan.  Some places in the world are more bike friendly than others.  And some more liberal than others as far as anyone's freedoms.

It just struck me how lucky I am to enjoy the ability to (in this example) go off on my bike without the kind of fears the article discussed.

Chapeau to those girls.

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2 weeks ago
Mike AylingTo Jean-Marc Strydom

G'day Jean Marc

Refer to my previous post about the Ismaili community in Melbourne.

Mike 

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