Women empowerment has been much talked subject this past year. Different women have different roles to address this issue and while there has been progress, we still have a long way to go before we can measure some substantial change in the society. In all this, we have two young girls breaking stereotypes by driving a scooty all over the twin cities. These girls aim to give women the courage drive independently and be brave when they are on the streets.
Sana Shakoor and her friend, Afra Hussain both in their early 20’s have earned the title of ‘Scooty Girls’. Sana bought her first scooty four years ago for 67,000 rupees. Her main purpose was to get to university on time and avoid the heavy traffic. She comments that buying the scooty was the best decision that she had ever made as it gave her the independence to travel when she wanted and made her commutes easier.
“Now, I don’t have to depend on anyone for my travels. I save the time that spent waiting for the public buses that always arrived overcrowded. Now I just pick up my keys and go zoom zoom,” she said. She also said, “The joy I find in exploring the city on my scooty has made me independent and confident enough to travel anywhere,”
Bike is a much convenient option in a congested city like Rawalpindi with a population of more than 2 million. Although the stigma of riding a bike in a busy city is still an issue, Afra believes that change is already here. In her experience, riding a bike has actually made her feel safer. It will take time to change the mindset of every person on the street but these girls are willing to take the lead.
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