launched an investigation into the money laundering case against prominent
actress and model Sofia Mirza.
Female Weightlifters to Make History at IWF Worlds
Teacher Makes ‘Hijab’ Compulsory for Girls in School; Retracts Order after
Opens Money Laundering Case against Pakistan Model and Actor Sofia Mirza
Man Violently Attacks, Stabs Muslim Woman in France
Johnson 'S Burqa Jibes 'Dehumanising', Says Government's Extremism Adviser
Lawyers Seek Yazidi Testimony For U.S. Woman Charged With Aiding Islamic State
Easy Riders: How Scooter Sisters Are Taking Back the Road
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Pledges End to Underage, Forced Marriages By 2030
Pakistan has committed to the United Nations that it will ensure an end to
underage and forced marriages in the country by 2030 in line with its plan to
achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, the country is reporting
an abrupt increase in the incidence of underage marriages. As per a recent
report published by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Pakistan ranks
sixth in the world in the number of underage marriages.
to the UNICEF report, the number of underage marriages recorded in Pakistan is
in excess of 1.91 million. About 21 percent of women in Pakistan are married
before they attain the age of 18 while 3% are married before they turn 15,
UNICEF reveals in its report.
per the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2012-13, about a third of all
women in Pakistan attain motherhood by the age of 20 while one in every four
married women aged between 20 and 24 have been through child marriage.
report on the subject, released under the title ‘Girls-Not-Brides 2018’, says
that over 10.2 million girls throughout the world are married every year before
they attain the age of 18, indicating the seriousness of the child bride
problem. Based on the report’s statistics, 23 girls become child brides every
minute while a child marriage takes place every two seconds.
to the UN report, there are over 700 million women around the world who have
been married even before the age of 15. The report ‘Girls-Not-Brides 2018’ also
states that, globally, over 150 million men are also facing complications
arising from underage marriages.
to the UN’s definition, a person under 18 years of age is considered a child.
Any marriage involving such a person would, therefore, be considered an
underage marriage. Based on extensive medical evidence, underage brides’
physical growth is also adversely affected by such marriages.
on the subject also claim that child brides face extreme physical stress due to
the fact that they are deprived of their rights as children and are prematurely
burdened with excessive responsibility. In addition, impregnation of child
brides can also prove fatal.
prestigious competition will kick off on Sept. 18 and will run for nine days in
entry list showed record-setting numbers, including a total of 734 athletes
from 105 nations. Out of those athletes, 339 women are set to compete alongside
number of female weightlifters participating is a promising sign ahead of the
2020 Tokyo Olympics, where gender equality is at the forefront. At the 2020
Tokyo Olympic Games, the number of male and female weightlifters will be equal
for the first time ever in Olympic history, barbend.com reported.
to the IWF, there are some countries that include more women athletes than men.
Some of these teams with more women representing them include Brazil, Denmark,
Great Britain, and Ecuador.
context, in 2017, the Iranian Weightlifting Federation announced that women
weightlifters from the country could officially compete in the sport, and now
two years later Iranian female weightlifters will make history at the IWF
Basami, who wrote her name into the history book as the first Iranian woman to
participate at the Asian Weightlifting Championships, will represent the
country in the 55kg weight category.
Arjomandkhah (64kg), Elham Hosseini (71kg) and Parisa Jahanfekrian (87kg) are
the other Iranian women participating in the competition.
Iranian female team will be headed by Maryam Amrollah in the competition.
Iranian sportswomen have shown that they have the potential to make the nation
proud after shining in the international events in the last years.
senior teacher of a school in Assam’s Karimganj district has courted
controversy after he made it compulsory for all girl students to wear ‘hijab’
to what he said was to protect them from “evil eyes”.
Hannan, a senior teacher in East Point Public School in Kanishail, posted a
photo on Facebook on Saturday of several girl students with ‘hijab’, the
headcover worn in public by some Muslim women, over their uniform.
protect my students from evil eyes and as a part of best personality of girls
today I made compulsory wearing ‘Hijab’ for my all girls students at East Point
Public School, Karimganj (sic),” Hannan wrote in his post.
post, also written in Bengali, soon went viral. While some commented that it
was a good step, others felt it was a wrong move as the school was not a
was not able to contact Hannan directly but a local news website quoted the
teacher as saying that he took the step to save the girls from ill-mannered
boys who harassed the students.
Point Public School is accredited with the Secondary Education Board of Assam
and is open for students from all religious backgrounds.
this stage, 100% of our students are Muslim and so when I took the decision, I
said in future if any Hindu students get enrolled we will see what we can do,”
the website quoted Hannan as saying.
added that students had welcomed the decision as they have a subject on Islamic
studies and while it is taught they themselves cover their heads.
the school administration didn’t support Hannan’s move. Following a meeting on
Sunday, the administration decided that wearing ‘hijab’ won’t be made compulsory
in the school.
then apologised on Facebook and deleted his first post.
post on ‘hijab’ has hurt feelings of many. Since the school authorities also
didn’t give a go-ahead for the move, wearing of ‘hijab’ has been been made
voluntary,” Hannan wrote on Sunday.
have deleted my earlier post and apologise to all for hurting their feelings
unconsciously. Jai Hind (sic),” he added.
with the district administration said they did not know about the incident and
the police said that they have not received any complaint.
are not aware of any such complaint because of the teacher’s move. Maybe the
matter was sorted amicably following discussions with the school management,”
Karimganj’s superintendent of police Manavendra Dev Ray said.
The Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) on Sunday launched an investigation into
the money laundering case against prominent actress and model Sofia Mirza.
to details, a four-member team, headed by an FIA deputy director, will conduct
investigations into the matter.
said that an investigation was launched after the case was transferred via a
letter by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Sofia Mirza.
is pertinent to mention here that model, Ayyan Ali had been booked under similar
charges in the past where she was charged with money laundering, trying to
smuggle $506,000 out of the country.
– A drunk man stabbed a Muslim woman wearing on Wednesday, September 11 in Sury
le Comtal in central France.
aggressor, who was drunk, stabbed the
24-year old woman in front of her children and husband, French news outlet Le
victim, whose husband took her to the hospital, survived the aggression after
she received intensive medical care. The victim’s health status is no longer a source of
concern, according to reports.
victim suffered stabs in the neck, back, and chest.
services managed to arrest the suspect after using an electric impulse gun
individual was still threatening with his knife when the gendarmes
arrived,” said the public prosecutor in
Saint Etienne, David Charmatz on Thursday.
aggressor is said to have suffered from regular depression episodes.
on the incident, director of the Institute of International and Strategic
Relations, Pascal Boniface strongly criticized the media for not showing enough
sympathy with the victim.
de la mère de famille voilée poignardée devant ses enfants ne suscite pas une mobilisation solidaire
très forte des médias et responsables politiques . Comme si cela n’était pas si
grave de poignarder une femme parce que visiblement musulmane 21.3K
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suggested the woman’s religious identity is the primary reason why her case did
not provoke waves of indignation or public pronouncements of solidarity.
aggression of the veiled mother stabbed in front of her children does not
provoke a strong solidarity mobilization of the media and political leaders. As
if it was not so bad to stab a woman because [ She is ] obviously Muslim,”
Boniface wrote on Twitter.
added in another twee, “So no reaction on the aggression but a reaction to
criticize its denunciation.”
comments did not sit well with some quarters of the French public opinion,
however. One woman attacked him on Twitter for “trading” in alarmist, false
solidarity narratives for his own career. “Always busy catering for your small
clientele,” the woman said, appearing to point out Boniface’s supposed
Muslim-supporting left-leaning audience.
aucune réaction sur l agression mais une
réaction pour critiquer sa dénonciation .Quand au petit commerce souffrez
madame que j ai payé -chèrement -pour mes idées alors que vous vivez des votres
et de votre fond de commerce électoral
Boniface. Vous ne lirez pas sa compassion pour ce jeune homme assassiné ou pour
cette dame de cantine poignardée aux cris de Allah Akbar par un déséquilibré.
Trop occupé à entretenir sa clientèle. Ah, le petit commerce...
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government’s chief adviser on extremism has called the language used by Boris
Johnson to describe Muslim women demeaning and dehumanising, as she warned that
politicians and the media risk provoking violence through their rhetoric.
an interview with the Guardian, Sara Khan, who leads the Commission for
Countering Extremism (CCE), criticised the use of inflammatory phrases and
terms such as “enemies of the people” and “saboteurs” – both of which featured
in Daily Mail headlines – in political discourse.
whose role is to advise the government on new policies and powers to deal with
extremism, said the word “extremist” itself is being used unhelpfully by MPs on
all sides to describe those who hold opposing politics, undermining the fight
against hateful narratives against race, religion and sexuality.
if it was wrong for the prime minister to liken Muslim women wearing burqas to
“bank robbers” and letterboxes” as he did in a Daily Telegraph column in 2018,
she said: “Politicians from across the divide need to be very careful of their
language. I find that language, personally, demeaning [and] dehumanising, I
don’t think we need to use that type of language.
it’s this responsibility on all politicians, whether it’s language like that,
whether it’s using the E-word [extremist], whether it’s calling people, just
because they hold a different political opinion than you, “enemies of the
people”, [it’s] deeply, deeply unhelpful. We have to be very careful about the
language we’re using.”
week, Johnson faced humiliation at prime minister’s questions when MPs clapped
and cheered the Labour backbencher, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, as he demanded
Johnson apologise for the comments and launch a long-promised inquiry into
“enemies of the people” slur originated from the headline on a November 2016
front-page article in the Daily Mail about three judges who had ruled the UK
government would require the consent of parliament to give notice of Brexit.
The row resurfaced earlier this week after government sources suggested three
Scottish judges who ruled Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament was
unlawful were politically motivated.
commission is set to publish its first major report after a year in which Khan
and her team have visited 20 towns and cities, sifted through 3,000 responses
to a call for evidence and commissioned 19 academics to write papers on issues
such as Islamist extremism, the far right and extremism online.
broad range of behaviours were flagged to the commission, including
animal-rights and far-left extremism, as well as the more frequently reported upon
areas of far-right and Islamist extremism.
travelled the country against the backdrop of what she acknowledged are
“politically febrile times” but found the contributions made by public figures
were undermining efforts to combat extremism.
at Spotlight youth centre in east London, where she was holding a round table
with young people about extremism, she said: “We live in a country where we
want people to hold different political opinions. I might not agree with your
political opinion but we want to live in a country where people have those
different political opinions.
we start going round using the language of ‘well, you’re an extremist because I
don’t like your political opinion’, whether its on Brexit or anything else,
equally the language of ‘enemies of the people, traitors, saboteurs’, that’s
going to create, and it already is, a climate of censorship. It’s undermining
know passions are high in our country with Brexit and we’re living in
politically febrile times but politicians in particular have to be very careful
about recognising that and ensuring they don’t use language in a way that could
possibly lead to violence in our country and further hate.”
challenges the commission will highlight in its report are a lack of clarity on
defining extremism and a dearth of tools to measure its prevalence in the UK.
its 2015 counter-extremism strategy, the government defined extremism as “the
vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the
rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of
different faiths and beliefs”. It adds: “We also regard calls for the death of
members of our armed forces as extremist.”
said this is too broad and needs to be rewritten, as does the entire strategy.
The lack of a legally robust definition of extremism was one of the reasons
that an extremism bill touted in the run up to the 2015 general election,
complete with civil orders to ban extremist groups, never transpired.
Khan said it was clear from the work done in the last year that extremism was
prevalent, with nearly 50% of respondents to the call for evidence claiming to
have witnessed extremism in some form. “You’re seeing a diverse spectrum of
different types of behaviour,” she said.
challenge facing counter-extremism, Khan said, is protecting the rights to
freedom of expression and assembly. “Some of the concerns people raised with us
we would actually consider to be freedom of expression issues.
not interested in curtailing freedom of expression, what I want to do is to
protect freedom of expression and also the rights of other peoples that
extremists seek to restrict and undermine.”
report will underline the need for a “whole society” response to tackling
said: “I feel very strongly that government can’t fix everything. So when we’re
talking about challenging extremist narratives, extremist ideologies, for me I
think civil society has a huge rule to play in this.”
have been recent calls for further legal powers to tackle extremism. The Tony
Blair Institute for Global Change proposed new legislation similar to
proscription powers for terrorist groups – the power to ban membership and
support for specific organisations.
Khan said the commission had not heard a “strong case for more powers”.
added: “There’s a question of whether existing powers are being used
appropriately. I don’t think they are. What we’re going to do as part of our
future work programme is to review all existing powers.”
most recent official statistics on hate crime – one of the few quantifiable
indicators of levels of extremism – show that in 2017-18, there were 94,098
hate crime offences recorded by police in England and Wales, an increase of 17%
compared with the previous year.
if the police need to do more, Khan said: “What I want to work with the police
more on is to make sure we’re using existing powers in the appropriate way when
we see examples of extremism.”
appointment to the role was met with criticism. She is viewed by some as an
establishment figure who has backed divisive policies including the
anti-radicalisation Prevent programme, which many have argued unfairly targets
Muslim communities. The commission itself continues to be attract criticism.
said she had become used to backlash and had grown a “thick skin”. “At the end
of the day, a lot of these counter-extremists who are challenging far-right
groups or Islamist groups or others are doing really vital work and should be
supported for that work.”
INDIANA – Attorneys for an Indiana woman accused of providing support to the
Islamic State group received a judge’s approval to seek depositions from three
Yazidis who were taken as slaves by her husband, who she says died while
fighting for IS.
federal judge in Hammond gave Samantha Elhassani’s lawyers permission Tuesday
to seek depositions from the two Yazidi women and a young Yazidi boy in hopes
of bolstering her defense, the Post-Tribune reported. One of the women and the
boy are in the Kurdish-controlled city of Erbil, Iraq, and the other woman
has argued that her husband tricked her into traveling to Syria and allegedly
bought the two women and the boy while in IS-controlled territory.
court documents, her lawyers say that Elhassani offered the Yazidis protection
while her husband was alive and after he died, when she, her four children and
the Yazidis made their way to a Kurdish refugee camp. Although she wasn’t able
to prevent her husband from raping the women or to stop IS from using the boy
in propaganda videos, she tried to help them and “all of this conduct by
(Elhassani) was done at the risk of certain execution,” they wrote.
attorney Thomas Durkin said the potential depositions would be “incredibly
helpful” in determining whether the former Elkhart woman “ever intended to give
material support to ISIS,” a charge to which she has pleaded not guilty. Both
he and fellow defense attorney Joshua Herman noted there are several obstacles
that could hinder getting the depositions and using them at Elhassani’s trial,
which is scheduled to start in January.
“at least the two Yazidi women witnesses have indicated that they would be
willing to be deposed,” the Yazidis are “stateless” and “beyond the subpoena
power” to appear in U.S. court, according to the defense motion.
defense attorneys would need to get consent from the sovereignty that rules the
region in order to go there and take depositions.
I don’t for the life of me know the (sovereign) status of Kurdish-controlled
Iraq,” Durkin said.
U.S. Attorney Abizer Zanzi said that since the U.S. lacks a treaty for court
depositions with Iraq, the task that Elhassani’s attorneys aim to achieve
becomes a “diplomatic function” that would have to go through the U.S.
Department of State — a potentially long process that provides no assurance of
Hoda Gamal rides her scooter, she says there is no better feeling in the world.
“It’s the best moment in life for me, like total freedom. All the wind is
inside me, I can breathe, as if I am walking along the ocean shore,” she tells
Gamal's friends call her for a ride, and she especially likes picking them up
when they're far away. Her first stop is the petrol station, where she goes to
change the oil and fill up her tank. On unfamiliar routes, she pays extra
attention to potholes, but rarely faces any obstacles.
a scooter instructor, is one of Egypt’s new generation of female bikers,
challenging a trend that has seen most women excluded from two-wheel transport
amid congestion and societal disapproval.
the 1970s and into the mid-80s, many women and girls rode around Cairo on a
bicycle. Yet, in recent years, this tradition has dwindled as Egypt’s polluted
streets became congested with cars, motorcycles and scooters driven primarily
age of cycling
Salem, a senior Arabic language instructor at the American University in Cairo,
recalls growing up when it was safe to ride a bike in the city, and almost everyone
a kid, in Maadi, the neighbourhood I lived in, I used to ride a bicycle
everywhere. My mum did all her errands with a bicycle. There was not really the
concept of even driving a car, everything was by bike,” Salem tells MEE.
now, because of the high traffic, I never see bikes and I feel concerned for
those who try to ride scooters, especially since so few wear helmets and
because they try so desperately to bypass traffic by riding between the most
Abo El-Kassem, a secretary at a real estate company, says she has a car, but
would prefer to ride a scooter because it would save a lot of time and fuel
money. Yet, there are several factors preventing her.
think subconsciously I have not bought a scooter because it’s not fully
accepted in our society for a girl to do this and it might be difficult to
convince my family. So I plan on first training how to ride a scooter, before I
take the decision to talk to them.
hope one day the idea spreads so it is just as normal for a girl to drive a
scooter as a guy, without receiving strange looks.”
is the largest city in Africa and the Arab world, a megacity with a rapidly
growing population struggling with inadequate transport infrastructure.
and Nouran Farouk also wanted to learn how to ride scooters in Cairo after
becoming fed up of being stuck in the city’s notorious traffic jams behind the
wheel of their car.
sister and I were looking for an instructor to teach us how to ride bicycles
and scooters, but we could not find an academy close by,” says Meena. “So, we
thought about launching a startup that can provide female instructors for women
and girls in Egypt in their areas and at times convenient for them.”
thought turned into reality and the sisters started Dosy, a digital service
linking women who want to learn to ride scooters with suitable instructors,
is a play on words, meaning “take the risk” in colloquial Egyptian Arabic and
“step,” as in "step on the breaks", in classical Arabic.
27, a masters student at the American University in Cairo, majoring in
television and digital journalism, runs things behind the scenes, bringing
experience from previous work with startups focused on women’s empowerment.
Dosy, in 2015, she worked for Direxiona, Egypt’s first online platform for
female driving instructors, and Eksabiha, an online startup which helps women
launch their own arts and crafts business.
25, who studies Human Medicine at the University of Ain Shams, is the content
writer and runs the social media accounts.
April, the sisters launched their startup on Facebook, posting an advertisement
for female scooter instructors to apply.
they have five instructors covering all of Cairo. This month they will launch
in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria.
have now trained more than 15 women and 200 women have registered with them to
learn how to ride scooters.
sees safety and proper training as a top priority: all its instructors have to
sign a contract that says they will wear and provide necessary gear including
pads, gloves and a helmet.
that not everyone can afford a scooter or motorbike, they are also training
girls how to ride bicycles. According to Mona, it generally costs 900 Egyptian
pounds ($55) for a pedal bike, whereas the cheapest new scooter costs EGP18,000
($1,090) and a used one is about EGP10,000 ($600).
packages start at EGP800 ($48) for four classes.
was not the first start-up to realise there was a gap in the market for helping
Egyptian women who want to learn how to get around on two wheels.
Can Ride was founded in July 2018 and, akin to Dosy, caters solely for females
but instead focuses on training them how to ride pedal bikes. “We have trained
800 girls ranging from age 20 to 76,” founder Sara Gamal tells MEE. The group
has three branches: in Cairo, Giza and Alexandria.
also teach them how to repair their bicycles and also how to be able to ride
long distances like 40 or 60 kilometers,” she says, adding that most girls end
up wanting to at least think about learning how to ride a motorcycle.
"This is why our idea could segue into Dosy," Gamal says.
cost of transport in Egypt has been rising steadily since President Abdel
Fattah el-Sisi took power in 2014. In response, the president has repeatedly
supported cycling as a healthy, cheaper transport option for Egyptians.
5 July this year, fuel prices increased again by up to 30 percent in the latest
round of subsidy cuts imposed as part of the IMF loan deal with Egypt, the
fifth increase in prices since 2014.
reports an increasing number of new clients who want to ride scooters as a
cheaper alternative to driving cars and a way of reducing the impact of rising
clothing could be revealing'
some conservative voices in society still do not view riding a bike as
appropriate for women. “I do not think women should be riding scooters because
their clothing could be revealing when riding,” said Sulemain Mahlawi, a
security guard at an apartment building in the wealthy Cairo neighbourhood
2015 Global Gender Gap Index, which measures disparities between men and women
across countries, ranks Egypt at 136 out of 145 countries worldwide.
is a problem in our society when a woman tries to work in any field that is
traditionally male dominated, but we have received a lot of support from men as
well," Dosy co-founder Nouran Farouk told MEE.
Ahmed, who studies Islamic Law at Azhar University, bought a package of four
classes from Dosy to learn how to ride a scooter. For her, there's nothing in
Islam that would prevent a woman from riding a scooter.
family was just a bit worried for my safety from an accident, but now they are
Abu'l Qamsan, an Egyptian activist and president of the Egyptian Centre for
Women’s Rights, says that Egyptian society is definitely ready for this
believe our society is progressive and not as fundamentalist as people think.
The society stands strongly with women when we see sexual harassment cases. Of
course, we have conservative voices but it is not mission impossible,” she
to Qamsan, riding a scooter is not dangerous because it does not go at high
speeds. Above all, “it delivers a message of freedom. It shouts: we have our
tools and we won’t have to rely on anyone else.”
Qamsam, Dosy needs to tackle a class issue. “I have seen women riding scooters in
middle and upper-class neighbourhoods where the roads are nicely paved but for
this to truly spread, they will need to reach everywhere.
need to get authorities on board to implement stricter traffic rules and
re-plan the streets for scooters and bicycles or they will become disappointed
sisters believe not only will their initiative empower women, but it will also
mitigate the problems of sexual harassment that women and girls otherwise might
encounter while using public transportation, such as the metro system and
riding crowded buses.
anyone can claim to have pioneered this relatively new phenomenon of female
scooter riding in Egypt, it is Sally El-Gindy, of Alexandria.
who is known by the nickname of “Iron Woman”, is one of the founders of the
Alexandria Scooter Riders, the first mixed-gender biker academy in Egypt.
organisation has trained over 500 men and women to date. Then, in 2015, she
independently founded “Two Wheels Academy,” the first academy in Egypt teaching
solely girls how to ride scooters.
group gathers female motorcyclists every Friday in front of Alexandria’s
national library, one of the most important libraries of the ancient world, to
ride around the coastal city.
group used to receive strange looks from passersby but now many are accustomed
to their presence. They post videos on Facebook to raise awareness and show how
putting on helmets, gloves, knee and elbow pads can protect riders from dangers
associated with motorcycles.
founders became aware of Gindy’s efforts in Alexandria when they were contacted
by female bikers from the city.
we received a lot of requests in Alexandria, we immediately looked into it and
thought to reach out to two of the most talented female drivers there: Sally
El-Gindy and Merihan Gaber,” says Meena Farouk.
city is a bit smaller and easier to use scooters for errands and transport for
jobs, which makes it an ideal location,” she adds.
the next month, El-Gindy and Gaber plan to sign a contract with Dosy to train
their clients based in Alexandria.
hopes to coalesce all existing initiatives under their umbrella organization
for women who want to ride scooters. However, many groups want to stay
independent, including El-Gindy’s “Two Wheels Academy”.
operates as a quasi-consulting business. I personally do not care about money,”
says El-Gindy, speaking to MEE. “Despite me having an academy with well-trained
staff, I haven’t made money in two years from my job,” she said.
am happy to help and train people they bring to me, but my organisation will
never become Dosy.”
the women come together is in their shared vision to encourage females to take
on the responsibility of riding a scooter to normalise it throughout society.
promotional activities have seen it appear on Egyptian national television,
including on an influential television talk show with the well-known
broadcaster Sally Fouad.
have contacted actors, singers and social media influencers to ask them to back
the initiative, including the popular singer, Sandy, who has used the service.
al-Masry, a lawyer and actor famous for his humorous video clips, has promoted
Dosy on his Instagram account. Talking to Middle East Eye, al-Masry says: “I
really support this organisation because in a way it is advancing women's
rights and pushing for equality.”
the future, the startup also hopes to use instructors in a food delivery
operation and also as a taxi service like Uber and Careem, focused on scooters
solely for women.
biggest problem for female riders according to Gamal was the attitude of a few
conservative men, but she feels that this issue is being resolved. “When people
see me on a scooter rarely anyone remarks. It’s clear that our society is
changing for the better, maybe thanks to social media and awareness campaigns.”
says that it would be best for everyone to ride a scooter, not just for
economic and traffic reasons, but also for psychological wellbeing.
the way back home from rides, when the tank is running low, I feel like I have
taken my part of happiness for the day. When I leave my scooter in the garage,
I already feel like I want to rest a bit and then get up and ride again.”
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