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Syrian women rally against harassment, Rebellin races on: Daily News Digest
Women in Syria who are tired of being harassed held a protest in Damascus on Friday, trying to draw attention to their treatment. Waving banners such as “I will never stop biking; you will stop harassing,” around about 300 women held a bike marathon to make their point.
“We are here for the women’s marathon and to give a message that we will not allow anyone to either harass or badmouth us because we can ride bicycles and we have no problem with that,” said 25-year-old university student Rahaf, according to Xinhua.
While women in Syria enjoy similar rights to men in terms of job opportunities, they receive harassment when riding bikes. Xinhua reports that men both make fun of them and also make inappropriate sexual comments.
Women wearing Hijab headscarves also protested at the marathon. “If they (men) saw an unveiled woman riding a bike they would verbally harass her, but if they saw a woman wearing hijab riding the bike they would look in a strange way,” said 30-year-old accountant Maha. “I want to say that we have the right of equality and our religious duties are our own business.”
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