09 — Syria
Yalla, Let’s Bike
Women are defying traditional gender roles and combatting overcrowded streets by promoting bicycling as a healthy and sustainable mode of transportation in the war-ridden city of Damascus.
In 2013, Sarah Zein began cycling to avoid the traffic congestion in Damascus, Syria.
What should have been a normal bike ride to and from work was interrupted by verbal sexual harassment from bystanders. This motivated her to co-found "Yalla Let's Bike" (Come on Let's Bike), an initiative that aims to defy traditional gender roles, combat overcrowded streets, and promote cycling as a healthy and eco-friendly mode of transportation.