Happy International Women's Day
We want to devote our posts on international women's day some awesome projects around the world aimed at giving women and girls the confidence to achieve anything - and being about riding ourselves, they are all riding focused:
Skateistan change the lives of young people through education and skateboarding.
"We use skateboarding as a tool for empowering youth, to create new opportunities and the potential for change."
They started as a grassroots sports project on the streets of Kabul and are now an award winning NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) operating in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. On top of all of the great work they have done to date (see web link below), they have also inadvertently become the largest collective of female skateboarders, 40% of the 1200 participants per week are girls.
Closer to home, Breeze is a British Cycling initiative to get more women riding bikes. There is now a UK wide network of Breeze groups, with an estimated 200 different bike rides taking place every week.
"Our aim is to help thousands of women feel confident about going on a bike ride, and have lots of fun along the way."
Rides are run by helpful enthusiastic female volunteers who are passionate about getting out there and riding. Whether you're a seasoned road biker, mountain biker, pootler or absolute beginner, it is easy to find a ride in your local area to suit you using this weblink:
Rubicon Girls Camps are Europe's biggest and longest running girls' skate, bmx, inline and scoot camps. Based in Birmingham, England, they tour some of the UK's finest indoor and outdoor parks with a host of sponsored female riders on hand to teach new tricks and skills. They're open to girls of all ages, and girls from all over the UK and Europe have participated. The 2015's camps are from July 27th to 31st, see the weblink below for more details:
US based network with the latest news in the female skate community. It includes details of events in the US and Europe. There's an online members network that's free to join to help connect more female skaters.
A website sharing videos, blogs, pictures and event information; most importantly it creates a platform for female skaters to find others to ride with and get share a love of skateboarding. Find upcoming girls' skateboard events at:
Sisu Girls is a global programme for girls aged 5 and over that uses outdoor activities as the basis to break preconceived limits.
"we want girls to have the self-belief to try new things, the tenacity to endure & the bravery to push boundaries"
Hitting the negative perception girls and women can have about sports and exercise head on. This campaign by Sport England aims to celebrate active women all over the country and advertise that it doesn't matter what you do or how well you do it, what matters is just doing it.
here's just a few of the other events and organisations we love that encourage female participation:
Outdoor Women's Alliance - international not for proffit media collective promoting women in human powered adventure
mahfia.tv - media production team all about skate, surf, snow and wake