Afghanistan Under Taliban Rule - What Will Happen To The Girls Of Skateistan?

Monday, August 16, 2021

 If you have been watching the news you know that the Taliban has taken over Kabul and all of Afghanistan, which means women and girls will no longer have the small freedoms they have had during the past twenty years. Under Taliban rule women and girls will go back to being second class citizens and have most of their rights revoked.

Places like Skateistan, which helped girls in the country get an education, as well as skateboard, likely will be a thing of the past...

Did you know that because of Skateistan, Afghanistan has had the highest rate of female skaters in the world?  Or that girls in Afghanistan couldn't  ride bikes but they could  skateboard? 

The film "Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone (if You're a Girl)" won BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT award at the Oscars for telling the story of the amazing work Skateistan does.

Shot in Afghanistan, the film highlights the work of the non-profit Skateistan, which was founded in 2007 in Kabul to teach Afghan girls and boys how to skate. Young skater girls take center stage as Director Carol Dysinger explores their journey from skateboarding novices to nollie-ing pros, and perhaps, more importantly, the life skills and confidence that they develop along the way. 

This movie is all the more important now as the girls fade back into not been seen under Taliban rule.

Our hearts are breaking for everyone in Afghanistan but especially the women and girls. 💔


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