KARACHI: A Bikeathon, aimed at raising awareness about street harassment faced by women and girls in Pakistan, took place in Karachi with the participation of at least 120 cyclists. Organized by Aahung, a Karachi-based non-governmental organization focused on promoting women’s rights and health, the event involved multiple biking groups cycling from Hotel Metropole (Shahra-e-Faisal) to Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim (Seaview) along a designated route. The initiative was undertaken with the slogan “Exercising her right to public spaces.”
The event aimed to shed light on the pervasive issue of street harassment and emphasize the importance of creating safe public spaces for women and girls. Participants, ranging from ages 10 to 60, expressed their enthusiasm for being part of the rally and their commitment to contributing to societal change.
The Bikeathon kicked off with participants gathering at Metropole at 7:45 am, followed by the cycling event beginning around 8:30 am. The groups culminated at the endpoint, Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim. During the event, a female participant and Food Science and Technology student, Uroosa, shared her concerns about potential harassment while cycling on roads, reflecting the heightened awareness and fear among women due to the rising cases of harassment in the metropolis.
Another participant, participating in her first bikeathon after taking up cycling a few months ago, expressed her satisfaction with being part of an event that addresses and challenges the issue of street harassment.
The Bikeathon not only served as a physical activity but also as a collective effort to advocate for women’s rights and safety in public spaces.
The participants’ diverse backgrounds and age groups highlighted the widespread concern regarding street harassment, emphasizing the need for continued awareness campaigns and initiatives to foster safer environments for women and girls. The event concluded with participants sharing their experiences and reiterating their commitment to promoting positive change in society.