In Damascus, the capital of Syria, women are tired of waiting in their cars in hour-long traffic.
This bothered everyone, but no one had solutions to resolve this. Except for Sara Zien, a university going student in Syria who started ‘Yalla Let’s Bike’ an initiative to break traditional social norms and combat against Climate Change.
She decided to ride a Bicycle
She decided to remove her bicycle from childhood and cycle to her way to university.
Breaking Taboo’s in Syria
This might seem normal to you. But not for the war-torn country in Syria, where women seen riding a bicycle is considered a taboo. Sara Zien mentions
There’s a belief in Syria, that bicycle seat deflowers a woman.
Regular Bicycle Session
Now there are more than 4,000 people that are participating in this social movement in Syria. There are regular bike rides as well as women-only bike rides.
Sara Zien, small way to save hour long waiting in transport, proved to effective solution to empower women and provide an eco-friendly solution idea to climate change.